Natalia Poklonskaya

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vladimirovna and the family name is Poklonskaya.
Natalia Vladimirovna Poklonskaya
Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea
Assumed office
11 March 2014
Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov
Personal details
Born (1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 34)
Mikhailovka village, Perevalsk Raion, Voroshilovgrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union[1]
Spouse(s) Divorced[2]
Children 1 daughter[2]
Alma mater University of Internal Affairs in Yevpatoria[2]
Profession Lawyer

Natalia Vladimirovna Poklonskaya (Russian: Ната́лья Влади́мировна Покло́нская; IPA: [nɐˈtalʲjə pɐkˈlonskəjə], Ukrainian: Наталія Володимирівна Поклонська, born 18 March 1980) is the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea.

As an attorney, Poklonskaya rendered public service to Ukraine from 2002 to February 2014, working in various Prosecutor's Offices or as an assistant district attorney. When Crimea sought secession from Ukraine, she resigned from Ukrainian service and was appointed Prosecutor General of Crimea on 11 March 2014; a press conference given by Poklonskaya on that day resulted in Poklonskaya becoming an Internet phenomenon. After Crimea came under Russian control, her appointment was confirmed by Russian authorities on 25 March 2014.


Early life and Ukrainian service[edit]

Natalia Poklonskaya was born 18 March 1980 in the village of Mikhailovka, Voroshilovgrad Oblast (today Luhansk Oblast);[1][3] later in 1990, her family moved to Yevpatoria in Crimea.[3][4] Poklonskaya graduated from the University of Internal Affairs in Yevpatoria in 2002.[2]

After her graduation, Poklonskaya worked in the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office, initially serving as an assistant prosecutor to the Acting Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea.[1][3] She was the assistant attorney of Krasnogvardeisky district in Crimea from 2002 to 2006, and the assistant attorney of Yevpatoria from 2006 to 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, she was the deputy chief of a surveillance law enforcement unit of the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea which was responsible for dealing with organised crime.[1]

In 2011 in Simferopol, she acted as the state prosecutor in the high profile trial of Ruvim Aronov, a former deputy of the Supreme Council of Crimea.[5] In the same year, she was appointed the inter-district environmental prosecutor of Simferopol.[2][6][7] Following that, she was transferred to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office in Kiev, where she served as a senior prosecutor.[2][8]

From October to December 2012, Poklonskaya worked as head of the prosecutors with the proceedings of the Court of Appeal of Crimea, and later after December 2012 up until March 2014 she was a senior attorney of the 2nd division of the General Directorate of Internal Affairs involved in pre-trial investigation and public prosecution management supervision with oversight of law enforcement in criminal proceedings.[1][3]

On 25 February 2014, Poklonskaya handed in her resignation, in which she stated that she was "ashamed to live in the country where neo-fascists freely walk about the streets"[2][3] (a reference to radical Euromaidan activists). The resignation was not accepted. Instead, she was given a vacation and left Kiev for Crimea where her parents lived.[2] In Simferopol, Poklonskaya offered her help to the Crimean government.[9]

Crimean and Russian service[edit]

While the Autonomous Republic of Crimea sought independence from Ukraine,[10] on 11 March, Poklonskaya was appointed Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.[3][11][12] Poklonskaya was appointed to the position by Sergei Aksyonov after the position had also been reportedly rejected by four others,[9][13][14] including the former Vice-Prosecutor of Crimea, Vyacheslav Pavlov.[15] Her previous criticism of the opposition protests in Ukraine, and the "anti-constitutional coup"[8][16] led the Ukrainian government to launch a criminal case against her and strip her of the civil service rank of Counsellor of Justice.[8][16] She was reportedly subject to an assassination attempt on 17 March, on which she refused to comment.[2][9][14]

Immediately following her appointment as Prosecutor, she was involved in an investigation into the violent attacks committed against Crimean Berkut members.[14] On 19 March, Poklonskaya confirmed that investigations were ongoing into a shooting in Simferopol which killed two while denying reports that the shooter had been detained. She compared the shooting to the "sniper attacks on Maidan Square in Kiev" from 18 to 21 February 2014, and stated her belief that the shooting was meant to "provoke violence between the military forces" of Ukraine and Crimea.[17][18]

Crimea, which in the meantime had come under Russian control[19][20] and become a federal subject of Russia, saw the creation of its new Prosecutor's Office, now subordinated to Russia's Prosecutor General Yury Chaika. On 25 March, Chaika appointed Poklonskaya as acting Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea for this new office.[3][21][22] Around the same time, Poklonskaya was listed as a wanted criminal on the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs,[10][23] due to alleged involvement in conspiracy to overthrow constitutional order or seize state power.[24] The Federation Council of Russia declared the charges against Poklonskaya as a "bluff".[25] On 27 March, Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika granted Poklonskaya the rank of Senior Counsellor of Justice.[19][26][27] On 4 April 2014, Poklonskaya gave the approval for the Russian FSB to begin an operation to arrest Yevgeniy Pomelov, the assistant attorney of Yalta, as part of a larger bribery case.[28][29]

On 11 April, the Prosecutor General of Russia personally presented Poklonskaya with her official papers as a Russian legal officer.[30] On 2 May, Russian president Vladimir Putin appointed Poklonskaya chief prosecutor of Crimea.[31][32] On 4 May, Poklonskaya accused the Crimean Tatars' self-governmental body (the Mejlis) of extremist activity, warning that the Mejlis could be dissolved and outlawed across Russia.[33][34] On 12 May, the European Union added Poklonskaya to its sanctions list.[35][36] This barred her from entering EU countries and any of her assets there, if existent, were to be frozen.[3][37] Canada imposed similar sanctions on Poklonskaya a month later,[38] followed by Japan on 4 August.[39]

Also in June, Poklonskaya was appointed as a judge to "guarantee impartiality in the selection of winners" for Russia's Five Stars singing competition, which would select Russia's entrant for the Intervision Song Contest.[40][41]

Internet popularity[edit]

Samples of user-generated artwork depicting different impressions of Poklonskaya

After a video of Poklonskaya at a press conference on 11 March 2014 was uploaded to YouTube, her attractiveness and youth went viral among Japanese and Chinese internet users and also became the focus of attention of Internet communities such as Reddit and Vkontakte, which was reported by international news outlets.[42][43][44][45][46] Within a month, the press conference was viewed over 1.7 million times.[47] Many fan-created anime-style moe images of her uploaded to the Internet also attracted international media attention.[2][8][12][42][48][49][50]

Personal life and family[edit]

Poklonskaya is divorced and has one daughter.[51] Her parents are both retired, living in Crimea,[4] and both her grandfathers died during the Second World War, with only her grandmother surviving German occupation.[14] Poklonskaya stated in March 2014 that she intends to apply for Russian citizenship.[13]


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