Natalia Poklonskaya first gained fame in 2014 as an internet Japanese anime character. It goes without saying that the Japanese went ga-ga for the Russian government’s Crimean court prosecutor, despite the fact that the Russians recently invaded the same sovereign Ukrainian soil.
With the official title of The Prosecutor General of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Poklonskaya found herself at the time installed by Putin’s cronies as the new chief prosecutor of the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.
In spite of her being the public face the Moscow government placed on the Russification of the Crimea, the minor star-sensation Poklonskaya gained for herself fizzled-out almost as fast as it shot skyward, at least in the Western press.
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But the comely blond-haired, doe-eyed government apparatchik hasn’t been resting on her babushka since her brief flirtation with fame.
After her stint as the Prosecutor General of Crimea, Poklonskaya has been movin’ on up faster than George and Weezie Jefferson.
In the fall of 2016, the Crimean-born, ethnically-Russian Poklonskaya moved on to Moscow where she became the Deputy of the Russian Federation’s Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (the equivalent to the US House of Representatives or the British House of Commons).
And it was in the Duma where the 37-year-old returned to the headlines.
Not so much for boring day-to-day bureaucratic paper shuffling, but for her staunch defense of a canonized saint of the Russian Orthodox Church.
As it turns out, in the summer of 2000 the Russian Orthodox Church formally canonized Czar Nicholas II and all the other murdered members of the Imperial family. As any student of history knows, the Romanov family, to include the children, all died a rather bloody death at the hands of the atheistic Bolsheviks.
Enter Natalia Poklonskaya. She’s made no secret of her personal devotion to the sanctity of the slain Russian ruler, even to the point of claiming that a statue of Nicholas once miraculously shed tears on the 100th anniversary of the murder of he and his family.
Yet what really inflamed the passions of the law-maker was what she deemed disrespect aimed directly at Nicholas II.
As reported by Radio Free Europe;
An independent group of Russian filmmakers is protesting what it says are efforts by a State Duma deputy from Russia-annexed Crimea to “censor” a controversial film centered on a love affair between the future Tsar Nicholas II and a young ballerina.
Kino Soyuz (Union of Filmmakers) on February 7 published an open letter protesting Duma Deputy Natalya Poklonskaya’s calls for investigations of the unreleased film, Matilda, by director Aleksei Uchitel.
She now wants Moscow prosecutors to declare that Uchitel’s film violates provisions in Russia’s Criminal Code against insulting “the religious feelings of believers.”
She says the film portrays Tsar Nicholas II — a canonized Russian Orthodox saint — as a sinner.
Poklonskaya also charges that Uchitel wrongly portrays Russia as a country full of “drunkards, gallows, and fornicators.”