Biography of Natalia PoklonskayaNatalia Poklonskaya is a lawyer, a state counselor of justice of the third class (which in military field corresponds to the rank of Major-General). Since May 2, 2014, she held the post of Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea. In September 2016, she was elected to the State Duma of the seventh convocation and thus had to leave Crimea and started her public service in the capital of Russia.
Childhood and FamilyNatalia Poklonskaya (her maiden name is Dubrovskaya) was born on March 18, 1980, in the village of Mikhailovka in Voroshilovgrad (Lugansk) region in an ordinary family. Both of her grandfathers perished in the World War II, one of her grandmothers survived the fascist occupation. Respectively, Natalia's parents raised their daughter as a true patriot.
The beginning of careerNatalia Poklonskaya started her career with the position of an assistant prosecutor in the Krasnogvardeysky district of Crimea (until 2006). Later she was promoted to the assistant prosecutor of Yevpatoriia (until 2010). During the next year and a half, Natalia replaced the head of the Department of Supervision for the Law Observance on the part of Agencies combating organized crime in the Crimean Prosecutor's Office.
The first notorious case Natalia Poklonskaya headed is that of the organized racket gang «Bashmaki». In 2011, Poklonskaya performed as a state prosecutor at the trial against ex-deputy of the Crimean Council Ruvim Aronov, one of the leaders of this gang. In December of the same year, the prosecutor was attacked and badly beaten. Her face was seriously injured, and some people think that her manner of speaking «between the teeth» is the result of the beating. Eventually, despite the pressure she experienced, Natalia managed to accomplish this case successfully.
The Prosecutor of CrimeaThe revolution and civil war in Ukraine, as well as the resignation of Viktor Ianukovich and the coming to power of Peter Poroshenko, could not help affecting Natalia Poklonskaya deeply. In February 2014, she claimed her resignation. Naming the reason, she claimed that she did not want to serve to a country ruled by the «nationalistically oriented bandits». Her boss did not sign the application though, offering her a paid vacation.
Natalia went home to her parents in Crimea. That time, the preparation for the referendum on the status of the peninsula proceeded. In late February, the armed special forces guys took over the government of Crimea following Vladimir Putin's order. After this, the parliament was dissolved, and Sergei Aksenov became the leader of the new government and was appointed the head of the party «Russian Unity».
He immediately announced the non-recognition of the new government of Ukraine. On March 4, the prosecutor of the Crimea Viacheslav Pavlov handed in his resignation. Four other candidates for this position declined the offer, and on March 11th, Natalia Poklonskaya was elected to the position of the prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
The case against PoklonskayaNatalia Poklonskaya was not officially discharged from the position in the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, although she expressed her position to her former direction very clearly. After Poklonskaya’s appointment to the position of the head of the Crimean prosecutor's office in Ukraine, a criminal case was initiated against her. She was accused of the contribution to the illegal seizure of power. As for the prosecutor, she in her turn called the events on the Maidan the «anti-constitutional seizure of power», and the new president and his associates - «the devils on the ruins». After the referendum on the status of Crimea (March 16, 2014) and the incorporation of the prosecutor's office of Crimea and Simferopol into the Russian system, the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine put Natalia Poklonskaya on a wanted list for the actions leading to the forced change of power.
Since Natalia Poklonskaya took her office, here was an attempt on her life prevented by the militia. A bag with a homemade bomb with an effective causality radius of 350 meters was found under the windows of Poklonskaya's office.
In spring 2016, Petr Poroshenko issued a decree putting Poklonskaya's name on the sanction list for her involvement in the judgement of Savchenko and Sentsov.
Natalia Poklonskaya in the State DumaNatalia Poklonskaya got a deputy mandate in the elections to the State Duma of the VII convocation of September 18, 2016, and therefore she left the prosecutor's office. She became the head of the committee of the State Duma deputies' income control. After the appointment, Poklonskaya moved to Moscow.
The personal life of Natalia PoklonskayaLittle is known about the personal life of Natalia Poklonskaya. She is divorced now, her ex-husband is presumably the vice-mayor of Mariupol Vladimir Stepanovich Klimenko. Natalia has a daughter from him. The girl's name is Anastasia, and she took the last name of her mother.
Poklonskaya and Nicholas IIThe prosecutor is fond of history and has a certain sympathy for Nicholas II. There is his portrait in her office. In 2015, she made a sensational statement that the abdication of Nicholas II is void. More and more people think these days though that Natalia’s affectation for the last Russian Emperor goes beyond the adequacy.
The struggle against Matilda«Matilda» directed by Alexei Uchitel became the object of Poklonskaya’s attacks in October 2016. This is a historical movie about the love affair between Nicholas II and Matilda Kshesinskaya, a ballet dancer of Mariinskii Theatre. This love affair took place before the wedding of the Prince and the Princess Alexandra Feodorovna. Given Poklonskaya's monarchical views, it is not surprising that the film caused such resentment on her part.
This time, she directed her request not only to the Prosecutor General's Office but also to the Ministry of Culture. Also, she demanded to check not only the trailer but the whole script as well as the sources of funding. The deputy also claimed that Uchitel intends to mock at the Tsar and his family. Uchitel’s answer was immediate. In his turn, the director submitted the request to the Prosecutor General's Office to protect him from Poklonskaya's «fabrications» escalating the hysteria around his new movie.
The authorities did not react fast enough, and then Poklonskayia ordered the examination of «Matilda» at her own expense. She quoted the opinion of experts who stated that the film's creators intentionally «present the emperor as a fool.» The examination also stated that the film hurt the feelings of the faithful whereas Matilda was compared to a rat.
However, the Ministry of Culture refused to take the examination by Poklonskaya into consideration, explaining their refusal with the fact that the official expertise did not reveal anything insulting the feelings of the faithful in the film, and that the film itself had not even come out yet. In the meantime, Uchitel' invited Poklonskaya to the private screening of «Matilda,» but the deputy refused to come.
In the summer of 2017, the magazine Znak published the information about the party representatives asked Poklonskaiia to temperate her passionate attack on «Matilda.» Coincidentally, the article's author Catherine Vinokurova was threatened after the publication.
On September 4, 2017, a jeep intentionally crashed into a cinema theatre Cosmos in Ekaterinburg. After pushing through the doors, the driver got out of the car and threw two Molotov cocktails into the car. The car caught fire, and the building of the theatre started to burn. Fortunately, nobody got hurt. During the interrogation, the 39-year-old driver Denis Murashov admitted that his action was a kind of protest against the premiere of «Matilda.»
After these events, Alexey Uchitel accused Poklonskaya of supporting terrorist organizations operating under the cover of religion.