Natalia Poklonskaya

Natalia Vladimirovna Poklonskaya (,, born 18 March 1980) is the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Crimea, 3rd Class State Counsellor of Justice . 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. During the 2014 Crimean crisis, 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, around the same time Ukrainian judicial authorities declared her a wanted criminal.

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