Stories like this make me so happy to share my name with other fabulous Natalies and Natalias. (Natalie is the English and French version of Natalia, a name that occurs in many languages, so as far as I’m concerned, they’re basically the same name.)
A little bit of background: after Crimea became a part of the Russian Federation, President Putin appointed a young blonde lawyer named Natalia Poklonskaya to be Prosecutor General in Crimea. She became a bit of an internet meme (yes, the whole thing was as weird as it sounds—people were posting artwork of her as an anime character and no, I do not know why) and that’s how I first heard of her. I harbored vague positive feelings towards her, since I know she and I share a few opinions about recent events in Ukraine.
Then I saw the story I linked above and I’ve decided I definitely like this woman.
On January 1st, the Russian media televised Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya New Year’s greeting to residents of the Crimea. Filmed in her office which included a Christmas tree, it was a framed photograph on Poklonskaya’s desk that caught the attention of most viewers. Traditionally, all government officials host a portrait of the current president of the Russian Federation. Prominently positioned on Poklonskaya’s desk, however, was a framed photograph of Nicholas II.
During her address, Poklonskaya reflected on events during the past year in which she noted “Crimea’s historic return to Holy Russia,” and went on to say, “there is no sacrifice that I would not perform to save Russia” – quoting the last emperor.
In case you doubt that someone would put a photo of Nicholas II on her desk, here’s photographic proof, also from the aforementioned article.
Can it be, my friends? Is Crimea’s latest Prosecutor General actually a Russian monarchist? If so, I approve immensely, being a bit of the monarchist bent myself.
Though I must say, if one is a monarchist in Russia, one ought to celebrate Christmas as the main holiday, as was done in the imperial times, and not the forced New Year as the Soviets did!