MOSCOW – Russia tried Tuesday to stop a flood of inquiries about the telegenic young lawyer it has appointed as prosecutor for newly annexed Crimea, whose looks have won her a huge Internet following.
The Russian prosecutor general’s office said it was tired of answering questions about 34-year-old Natalia Poklonskaya, who has become an unlikely Internet star and even the heroine of Japanese manga.
Prosecutors complained of “repeated requests asking to comment on this or that information appearing on Twitter that the acting Crimean prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya allegedly writes.”
“Natalia Poklonskaya doesn’t write either on Twitter or blogs and isn’t registered on social networking sites,” they said in a statement.
A Twitter account in Poklonskaya’s name has almost 32,000 followers. It posts numerous drawings of the slender strawberry blonde, as well as a stream of comments such as a request not to call her “the yummy prosecutor.”
The crisis between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea has made Poklonskaya an Internet star, particularly thanks to a video of her giving a news conference.
Poklonskaya proved particularly popular in Japan, with artists creating images of her as the doe-eyed heroine of manga — complete with her uniform tie.