Natalia Poklonskaya: Crimea's Well-Heeled, Blonde Attorney General

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Friday, 21 Mar 2014 10:00 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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The crisis in the Ukraine's Crimea region recently annexed by Russia has sparked outrage across the world, but curiously enough the East has recently been sidetracked by the blonde hair and red high heels of Natalia Poklonskaya, the region's newly appointed attorney general.

According to the Daily Mail, Poklonskaya's rise to fame began with her March 19 press conference, in which she addressed the fatal shooting of a Ukrainian soldier by Russia-backed Crimean "self-defense forces" member. The shooting in Simferopol was the first military death since Russia entered the region.

Just hours later, the video of her press conference was uploaded to YouTube, and went viral across Chinese, Japanese, and Russian social media sites like Weibo.

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Not long after that, many cartoonists and animators began posting what essentially amounts to Poklonskaya fan art. Tributes have come in classic pencil-sketches, and even manga-style thus far.

The video, all in Russian, has also now been subtitled in a few languages, presumably because Poklonskaya discusses details of her personal life in the question and answer portion of the video.

"Used properly, beauty is indeed a powerful weapon," one poster wrote about Poklonskaya.

Not surprisingly, fans found several more pictures of her on Russian social media site, more than a few featuring her sporting red high heels and posing seductively. These pictures too continue to swirl across social media in the East.

Before becoming attorney general, Poklonskaya worked as a senior lawyer in the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office in Kiev and Simferopol. She told the official government newspaper of Russia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, that she opposes the opposition protests in Ukraine. In discussing the Ukraine's regime change, she described it as an "anti-constitutional coup."

Officially, the Ukrainian government has stripped her of the civil service rank "counsellor of justice," and launched a criminal case against her as well.

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