When Life Hands You Lenin Statues, Make Darth Vader
At least when in Ukraine
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2015 1:12 PM CDT
This is Darth Vader, previously known as Viktor Shevchenko, the leader of the Ukrainian Internet Party, not the transformed statue of Vladimir Lenin.   (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

(Newser) – Vladimir Lenin: Not exactly a friendly face, or one looked upon with great fondness in the Ukraine, which last year passed "anti-communization" laws aimed at stripping remnants of the Soviets from the public psyche and arena. As part of that, a statue of Lenin was due to be dismantled, which gave Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Milov a pretty brilliant idea: Turn it into a statue of another evil overlord, Darth Vader. "I wanted to make a symbol of American pop culture, which appears to be more durable than the Soviet ideal," Milov tells the BBC.

As part of the transformation, Milov stuck a router in Lenin's head, making him a public WiFi spot, popped a Vader mask on his face, and transformed the coat into a cape. "I decided to take a monument to Lenin and transform it into a monument to Darth Vader, because at this moment Darth Vader is a political figure in Ukraine." (A Ukrainian Internet Party candidate for Parliament actually changed his name to Darth Vader.)