Star Wars robot to attract tourists in Siberia

A Star Wars fan has written to President Dmitry Medvedev asking him to finance a giant bronze statue of R2D2.

The resident of a town in Siberia says the famous robot would look great next to a local hydropower plant.

In his open letter, he argues that a larger-than-life R2D2 would attract attention to the town and improve its image.

The eight-meter-tall statue, he says, would symbolize security and technology.

Local authorities seem to like the idea. They have been in touch with the Siberian man and have asked him to forward a detailed plan of his proposal, which he has promised to do.

It would hardly be the first curious monument to be erected in Russia. Earlier this month, a statue depicting an alien, the first such monument in Russia, was unveiled near the city of Perm in the Urals.

The place is considered to be one of the most popular UFO hotspots in Russia.

The monument, which features characteristic alien eyes, was made by a local skilled craftsman, carver Viktor Sazanov, and cost local authorities 45,000 rubles (about $1,600).

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