Darth Vader Statue Unveiled in Odessa

Following the passage of a law to remove symbols and insignia reminding the country of its communist past, a statue of V. I. Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine has been transformed into a statue of Darth Vader. Vader, and other Star Wars characters, is extremely popular in Ukraine, with members of the Pirate Party of Ukraine frequently adopted their appearance and names when running for office.
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ESFS Award Winners

The Eurocon Awards were presented in Kiev at this year’s Eurocon.

Hall of Fame:

  • Best Author: Andrei Valentinov (Ukraine)
  • Best Publisher: Shiko (Ukraine)
  • Best Artist: Nikolai Redka (Ukraine)
  • Best Promoter of Science Fiction: Istvan Burger (Hungary)
  • Best Magazine: SFX (UK)
  • Best Translator: Patrice and Viktoriya Lajoie (France)
  • Grand Master: Terry Pratchett (UK)
  • Grand Master: Iain Banks (UK)

Spirit of Dedication

  • Best Artist: Katerina Bachilo (Russia)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: “Vash Vikhod” (Ваш выход – Your Move), “Raido” theatre (Ukraine)
  • Best Website: Europa SF: scifiportal.eu (Romania)
  • Best Fanzine: Fandango (Ukraine)

Encouragement Awards:

  • Stefan Cernohuby (Austria)
  • Ioana Visan (Romania)
  • Aleksandra Davydova (Russia)
  • Leonid Kaganov (Russia)
  • Livia Hlavackova (Slovakia)
  • Boris Georgiev (Georgia)
  • Julia Novakova (Czech Republic)
  • Oleg Silin (Ukraine)
  • Martin Vavpotic (Slovenia)
  • Anton Lik (Belarus)

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