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Statue of Lenin in Ukraine Gets Transformed Into Darth Vader Monument

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The force has awakened in Ukraine.

A recent law banning Communist symbols in the country meant that a Soviet-era statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa needed to come down. Instead, the city opted to transform it into a monument to one of pop culture's greatest villains: Darth Vader.

Image: Monument to character of Darth Vader from "Star Wars"
A monument to the character of Darth Vader from "Star Wars", which was rebuilt from a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, is seen in Odessa, Ukraine, October 23, 2015.VOLOKIN YEVGENY / Reuters

The memorial to the famed "Star Wars" baddie was unveiled in Odessa on Friday, local news site Dumskaya first reported.

Ukrainian artist Aleksander Milov helped push the statue to the dark side by replacing Lenin's head with Darth Vader's helmet and fashioning his coattails into a cape.

Aside from giving fans a fun place to congregate, Milov also turned the Sith Lord's helmet into a Wi-Fi hotspot, according to reports.

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