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Ukrainian Interior Ministry puts acting prosecutor of Crimea on wanted list

March 26, 2014, 15:54 UTC+3 KIEV
Natalia Poklonskaya is accused of actions “aimed at violent overthrow of the constitutional system”
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Natalia Poklonskaya

Natalia Poklonskaya

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KIEV, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior has put acting Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya on the “list of persons hiding from the prejudicial inquiry agencies”.

Accroding to the information published on the department’s official website, the Ukrainian authorities accuse her of crimes under Part 1, Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine “actions committed with aim to violently change or overthrow the constitutional system or seizure of state power, as well as collusion aimed at these actions”.

The phone number of Ukraine’s Security Service is indicated as the contact for this case.

Natalia Poklonskaya has been appointed acting Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea March 25 under the order issued by Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika.

The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, held a referendum on March 16, in which an overwhelming majority of their population decided to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

Crimea subsequently signed a treaty on its reunification with the Russian Federation as a constituent member on March 18. Russia’s upper house of parliament ratified it on March 21. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed relevant laws on the same day.

The developments came amid political turmoil in Ukraine, where a coup occurred in February following months of anti-government protests that often turned violent.


Crimean prosecutor becomes celebrity of Japanese web

Natalia Poklonskaya gained extraordinary popularity among Japanese web users. The video from the news conference in Simferopol with the 33-year-old chief of Crimean prosecutors has some 250 thousand views on Japanese YouTube, and now young Japanese are writing love letters to Poklonskaya.

“I don’t really make sense of what is happening in Crimea, but I definitely support Natalia,” one of the admirers wrote in his blog. “I would go to Crimea only for her!” other Japanese confess in social networks. Meanwhile, the charming secret of the Russian peninsula’s prosecutor is quite simple. The main cause of her popularity in Japan is her resembling an anime character: her big eyes, fine features and even the hairstyle meet the Japanese animation beauty standards.

Many people in Japan are distressed for Natalia Poklonskaya, rightfully supposing that her work in the current situation must be very hard and even dangerous. However, Japanese media calmed the community, recalling that Natalia has 12 years of experience in law enforcement agencies, and she took part in investigations of cases linked to organized criminal groups, that is why she should not be underestimated.

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