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Just in time for the release of the latest "Star Wars" blockbuster, Ukrainians have transformed a statue of Lenin into one of Darth Vader, an oddly prominent figure in local politics.Soviet founder Lenin -- long despised by most in non-separatist parts of Ukraine -- fell victim to a law adopted in April that ordered the removal of all symbols and insignia reminding the country of its communist past.Later that year, Darth Vaders ran as candidates for mayors of Kiev and Odessa, the historic Black Sea port where the new statue was formally unveiled Friday.A granite statue of Lenin in the heart of Kiev was famously toppled by enthusiastic protesters during the three-month revolution that ultimately ousted a Moscow-backed leadership in February 2014 .
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