A statue of Vladimir Lenin has been transformed into Darth Vader, reports Hyper Allergenic.
Vladimir Lenin, who lived from 1870 to 1924 and helped create the Soviet Union, has had many statues dedicated in his honor. Lenin was responsible for the nationalization of industry, natural resources, and all commodities. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may borrow from Lenin’s, and later Stalin’s examples of running a similarly totalitarian regime, as reported by CBS.
Lenin was reported to have loosened his grip somewhat toward the end of his life. Following Lenin, Stalin, among other deeds, orchestrated what was known as a “forced famine” where some 7 million Soviet citizens starved to death, according to History Place.
“By the end of 1933, nearly 25 percent of the population of the Ukraine, including three million children, had perished,” History Place writes.
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Up until the 1980s, the Soviet government was reported to deny that any famine even took place. Some journalists were labelled “Holodomor denyers,” Holodomor being the name the famine has taken on. New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, Walter Duranty, reportedly wrote, “…all talk of famine now is ridiculous,” while millions were actually starving.
During the 1930s, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt chose to ignore whatever information he had available to him and entered into trade deals with Stalin and the Soviet Union. Stalin and the Soviets were also welcomed into the League of Nations
A statue of Lenin in the Ukrainian city of Odessa has been transformed by an artist who decided to morph Vladimir Lenin into Darth Vader.
Lenin is hardly a popular figure in the Ukraine, where this statue is located. Alexander Milov is the artist who is reported to have performed the Lenin/Vader transformation. Milov is also said to have also rigged the statue with Wi-Fi for local residents.
When Odessa city officials made plans to remove the statue, Milov presented a proposition that proved popular, and has now turned the statue into a gathering place and conversation piece.
Some older people still have memories of Lenin’s and Stalin’s influence and younger people living in what was the Soviet Union have likely heard many stories.
Lenin had a city named after him, Leningrad, what is known today as St. Peterburg. It carried the Leningrad name from shortly after his death in January, 1924, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
In 2012, after being put in a position where they were asked to play, but did not see eye to eye with British guest, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, members of the U.K.’s Queen’s Royal Guards played “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” to welcome the king, according to Cracked. The king reportedly remained oblivious while the song was being played.
There are hints that Darth Vader may be returning in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as evidenced by his helmet appearing in trailers, and the fact that characters contemporary to him are appearing, according to the Inquisitr. The latest Star Wars installment is due out in theaters on December 18, according to IMDb.
Aside from Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO are expected to make appearances as well. It would mark the first time Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford have all been back together since the original trilogy. The fantasy/action/adventure film is directed by J.J. Abrams, who produced Lost, along with being involved in other noteworthy projects like Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the television series Alcatraz, according to IMDb.
John Boyega has been cast as Finn in the The Force Awakens, while Oscar Isaac stars as Poe Damerson, and Adam Driver portrays Kylo Ren.
One can only wonder what Lenin would have made of Darth Vader and the Star Wars saga. Judging by the statue, Ukrainians appear to prefer Lord Vader to Lenin and to relish their freedom to express such opinions.
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