Activists from the Internet Party of Ukraine, dressed as Star Wars characters, hold a party congress in Kiev March 29, 2014. (Alex Kuzmin/Reuters)

Darth Vader, the Internet Party of Ukraine’s leader,  has been a popular protester on Kiev’s Independence Square and has become known for his theatrical public stunts, including declaring himself the acting mayor of Odessa. Has submitted documents to the Central Elections Commission in Kiev to register as a candidate for the May 25 presidential election. AFP reports the party has paid the required 2.5m hryvnia ($225,225) registration fee for the candidate.

“I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country” Vader said in a party statement.

On April 3, “Darth Vader” held a rally on at the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission in Kiev:


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(Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)

(Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)