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Dec 14, 2015

Being Darth Vader

Being Darth Vader

Darth Vader was bent on galactic domination, but his Ukrainian namesake enjoys more mundane pursuits: local politics, walking the family dog and a spot of embroidery. The Ukrainian citizen, who has changed his name to Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, ran for the post of local mayor in October, his political backers dressed as Stormtroopers. In his trademark black outfit, he is a regular sight around Odessa, a major port city on southern Ukraine's Black Sea coast.

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader (L), who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he speaks with a supporter in a cafe in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. Darth Vader was bent on galactic domination, but his Ukrainian namesake enjoys more mundane pursuits: local politics, walking the family dog and a spot of embroidery. The Ukrainian citizen, who has changed his name to Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, ran for the post of local mayor in October, his political backers dressed as Stormtroopers. In his trademark black outfit, he is a regular sight around Odessa, a major port city on southern Ukraine's Black Sea coast. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he demonstrates exercises with a lightsaber in a park in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader (R), who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, and people dressed as Star Wars characters Chewbacca (L) and a Stormtrooper pose for a picture as they select products in a grocery store in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader (L), who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he speaks to people dressed as Star Wars characters Chewbacca (R) and a Stormtrooper in a cafe in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he caresses his horse at a stabling outside of Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he rides on a tram in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015.. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he tries to help a woman exit a tram in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he walks his dog in a park in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he speaks to a woman while walking his dog in a park in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he waits for sunrise on the roof of his apartment block in Odessa, Ukraine, December 4, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader's Darth Vader helmet sits on a shelf among icons at his apartments in Odessa, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he reads a book in bed at his apartments in Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he pretends to clean his teeth in the bathroom of his apartments in Odessa, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he dries his mask and helmet with a hairdryer in the bathroom of his apartments in Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he takes a shower in a bathroom at his apartments in Odessa, Ukraine, December 4, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he pretends to shave in a bathroom at his apartments in Odessa, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he watches television at his apartments in Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he does embroidery at his apartments in Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he irons his cloak at his apartments in Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture with a vacuum cleaner as he cleans his apartment in Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he shows exercises with a lightsaber at a park in Odessa, Ukraine, December 3, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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Darth Mykolaiovych Vader, who is dressed as the 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader, poses for a picture as he cooks in the kitchen of his apartments in Odessa, Ukraine, December 2, 2015. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS

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