Darth Vader claims land plot in Ukraine (VIDEO)

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Nov. 18, 2011, 1:56 p.m. | Ukraine — by Reuters


Welcoming the local authorities' move to the dark side, Darth Vader has asked for a land plot in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa to park his space ship. An Odessite dressed as the Star Wars villain visited the mayor's office this week to claim a free land plot citing Ukrainian legislation which grants every citizen the right to own 1,000 square metres of land.

His visit followed a decision by city authorities to grant attractive land plots along the sea coast to a group of people for free, prompting public concerns about corruption, according to local media.

The mayor's office has since said the move was a mistake but has not yet cancelled it, according to local news website

"I am Darth Vader, the right hand of Emperor Palpatine," the man introduced himself to amused policemen, as seen in a video posted on YouTube and accompanied by the Imperial March music.

"...Knowing that many (local legislature) deputies and the mayor have switched to the dark side... I have come for a land plot... for my space cruiser."

Officials accepted the man's application after he showed his passport and removed the black helmet equipped with a voice-distorting device.

"The application has been registered and will be considered," a spokeswoman for the mayor's office told Reuters.

"We are not on the dark side, we are light-side people," she added.
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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 4:57 p.m.    

That's about the size of it.

In Ukraine, it seems to be a cultural habit to avoid recognizing facts and speaking the truth - the preferred alternative is avoidance, sometimes by sticking one's head in the sand and elsewhere.

Darth, I'm glad you have finally come out into the open.

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Anonymous Nov. 18, 2011, 11:13 p.m.    

now, can we get him to chock the crap out of Yanuk?

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Anonymous Nov. 19, 2011, 2:10 a.m.    

He's very clever!At least he avoided bribe!

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Anonymous Nov. 19, 2011, 6:41 p.m.    

I thought Yanukovych WAS Darth Vader.

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Anonymous Nov. 19, 2011, 6:49 p.m.    

Yanukovych is worse than Darth Vader because in the end Darth went to the Light Side to save his son whereas Yanuk had a saved Ukraine and took it to the DARK SIDE!!!!

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