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Video: Crimean prosecutor's many international fans frustrate sanction attempts by NATO countries

See also: The Myth of Russian Aggression (NEO, 3/8/14), US, NATO Support the Ukrainian Army’s Bloody Offensive (GR, 3/8/14).

Brave Crimean prosecutor, Natalya Poklonskaya, was offered her job after several men refused such a dangerous position. She showed leadership when Crimeans wanted to quit Ukraine, saying that the will of the people was the only rule of law. She became an involuntary internet sensation, however, because of her passion and beauty as she delivered her defense of democracy at a press conference. Her looks and gutsy presentation inspired admiring anime-style images throughout the world, gaining her overwhelming popularity, particularly in Japan. NATO policy makers, however, seem impervious to her honest message and she is now among forty officials put on a sanctions list by Tokyo. This can probably only extend her popular impact because she is already seen, rightly, as an iconic heroine battling fascists.

Editor This article was originally published as " "Japan's darling Natalia Poklonskaya on Tokyo Russia sanctions list," on RT, August 5, 2014. We republish it here with some concerns that we could be seen to be furthering sexist treatment of a courageous public servant. The important educational content of her speech and actions, however, are embedded in the package and the principles she espouses are as attractive as her personal presentation. If she were modelling clothes, she would not be an internet sensation, but she is not modelling clothes; she is modelling principles that humans everywhere value highest.

The Sanctions list

The list, made public by the Japanese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, includes former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, a number of top figures in the self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as people believed to be "directly responsible for the annexation of Crimea."

"Japan will continue our coordination with G7 nations and the international community to achieve a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine situation," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular briefing, according to AFP. "We have made our decisions to select those who were directly responsible for the annexation of Crimea and destabilization of eastern Ukraine, and after we reviewed sanctions by the United States and EU."

Adoration by the Japanese online community did not save the Crimean prosecutor, Natalya Poklonskaya, from being added to Tokyo's black list.

Poklonskaya took up her post just days ahead of the March 16 Crimean referendum on independence from Ukraine, after four of her male colleagues refused to take the risk.

Her first press conference gained her YouTube stardom, garnering 3.7 million views in just three days. Her youth, good looks, quiet voice and emphatic statements inspired a lot of anime-style images of Poklonskaya, and earned her the nickname of 'Prosecutie'.

In Russia she received an online nickname "nyasha" (sweetie), to which Poklonskaya reacted by saying she would prefer to be perceived as a prosecutor and will not tolerate any meaningless "nyash" or "myash" while at her post. That secured 'Nyash-Myash' as a popular nickname for the young prosecutor.

She has not yet reacted to being included on Japan's list of sanctioned officials. The response to Tokyo's sanctions has mainly come from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Moscow now believes it "inappropriate" to hold diplomatic consultations between deputy head of the Foreign Ministry, Igor Morgulov, with his Japanese counterpart, Shinsuke Sugiyama, scheduled for the end of August.

"Now that Tokyo has adopted additional anti-Russian sanctions, we consider it inappropriate to hold this meeting. Consultations have been postponed," deputy head of the ministry's information department, Maria Zakharova, told journalists.

Apart from individuals, two Crimea-based companies have also fallen under Japanese sanctions – energy company Chernomorneftegaz and oil base Feodosia. Tokyo has also banned all imports from Crimea.

Japan has announced sanctions against Russia before. In April, it said it would not issue visas for 23 Russian officials.

Switzerland also expanded its sanctions against Russia on Tuesday. It announced the addition of 26 individuals and 18 companies to its sanctions list. This comes despite comments over the weekend from Switzerland's Economy Minister, Johann Schneider-Ammann, who said his country wouldn't duplicate EU sanctions against Russia.


In its 'reporting' of Ukraine the Western mainstream media (msm) never misses an opportunity to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for allegedly annexing Crimea. The mainstream media barely ever reported, and has long since 'forgotten', that over 97% of Crimeans voted to join Russia, rather than be subject to the same kind of rule to which the Kiev fascists are now attempting to subject their countrymen in East Ukraine.

An even less explicable omission by the msm is mention of Natalya Poklonskaya. Searches of the Melbourne Age, The Australian, the BBC and The Guardian found not one mention of Natalya (see image below).

A search of the Melbourne Age newspaper for "Natalya Poklonskaya" (quotes omitted) using the DuckDuckGo search engine failed to find anything. Stories about "Crimea" and "Vladimir Putin" were found. Similar results were obtained with the Google Search engine. Other newspapers and magazines on which no mention of Natalya were found include: The Australian, the BBC and The Guardian.

Why is it that the newsmedia, that focuses so excessively on attractive young women, has judged such an unusually attractive figure, who paid a key role in Russia's supposedly immoral 'annexation' of Crimea, to be totally un-newsworthy?

The reason for their total exclusion of Natalya is this: the editors understand full well, that what they write about Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, as well as the MH17 tragedy, is a tissue of lies. Were their readers to ever learn of Natalya and that she repudiates their claims about Ukraine, then many of their readers could not help but to become more curious and start to look more critically at what they are being fed.

In all likelihood, given the widespread availability of alternatives to the mainstream media – RT, PressTV, Global Research, Voltaire Net, Land Destroyer and Paul Craig Roberts – it would take very little time for their readers to see the msm editors for the unconscionable liars that they are.