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These aren't the campaign volunteers you're looking for. (Photo courtesy Ukraine Police)

These aren’t the campaign volunteers you’re looking for.
(Photo courtesy Ukraine Police)

Now here’s a strange story of the first order:

Cops in Odessa wrestled with a man in a Wookiee costumeand fined him less than $8 Sunday for illegally campaigning and driving without a license after he dropped Darth Vader off at the polls.

Vader — who is running for mayor of Odessa under the Internet Party of Ukraine — told cops Chewbacca didn’t need a license because the hairy beast is his “pet and general servant.”

“Nothing unusual here, just Chewbacca detained for being without documents while driving Darth Vader to the elections in Odessa,” Ukraine police posted on their Instagram account alongside a photo of cops tackling Chewie.

Chewbacca getting arrested for illegally campaigning for Darth Vader in a country racked with corruption, invasion, and civil war is still more genteel and sensible than most anything in American politics.