After being convicted of poisoning her eyelash specialist with cheesecake in order to steal her identity, a Russian woman has been sentenced, and had some few choice words for the court afterwards, according to a report from the New York Post.
On April 19, 2023, Viktoria Nasyrova learned her sentence after being convicted earlier this month of attempted murder in the second degree, attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and petit larceny, NBC states. She will spend 21 years in prison for poisoning 35-year-old Olga Tsvyk in 2016, then stealing her Ukrainian passport and about $4000 in cash before fleeing.
Tsvyk read her victim impact statement before Nasyrova’s sentence was handed down, echoing Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder when he called Nasyrova “an extremely dangerous woman,” the New York Post says.
“God gave me life when Viktoria Nasyrova tried to end my life,” Tsvyk said. “For her, it was an easy thing to try and take the life of another person. It was easy thing to gain the trust of another person and then take everything from that person. It was easy for her to steal. It was easy for her to kill.”
Tsvyk also told the court that the experience left her paranoid, unable to sleep in the following months, afraid of going to work, unable to trust people, and terrified that Nasyrova “would come back and finish what she started,” the New York Post says.
“I would spend hours crying myself to sleep, thinking about what happened to me,” Tsvyk added.
Nasyrova, however, had a different attitude when her sentence was handed down, the New York Post adds. Upon learning she would spend the next two decades in prison, and that she would likely be deported to Russia upon her release, she gave the court two words: “F*** you!”
A poisonous woman with a sinister history
Nasyrova arrived at Tsvyk’s home with cheesecake after requesting an eyelash touch-up, People Magazine previously reported. Within 20 mintutes, Tsvyk fell ill, then became unconscious in her bed. Nasyrova allegedly spread pills around her body to stage a suicide.
A toxicology test revealed the Nasyrova’s drug of choice to be phenazepam, a Russian-made sedative, NBC says. However, Fox News previously reported that Nasyrova left DNA on the cheesecake box despite fleeing with the assumption she had adopted a new identity.
Prosecutors believe Nasyrova tried to avoid facing justice back in Russia, where she is wanted for a 2014 murder in which she is accused of killing a woman and burning the body before leaving the country, with the assistance of a lead detective she seduced, People previously reported.
When she arrived in New York City, Nasyrova didn’t stop her alleged criminal behavior, the New York Post says. Ruben Borukhov, a 54-year-old man who met Nasyrova online in June 2016, testified during Tsvyk’s trial that on a date with Nasyrova, who he knew as “Anna,” things went terribly wrong.
“The thing I remember is getting up,” Borukhov told the court. “We toasted, and I took two pieces of fish, and that’s it. It was like five minutes. I got knocked out. I didn’t know what was going on. I still don’t remember.”
Borukhov told jurors he didn’t remember the next few weeks, including his two hospital trips, the Post continues. He discovered that his watch, American Express card, and new watch were all missing when he was able to comprehend the circumstances.
Jose Nieves, Nasyrova’s defense attorney, said they will appeal both the conviction and sentence, calling the sentence too excessive and that other evidence is in play, NBC says.
“Had the jury been allowed to view or hear certain evidence, we might have had a different outcome,” Neives stated.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz released a statement saying that Nasyrova’s patterned predatory ways are over, the Post says.
“A ruthless and calculating con artist is going to prison for a long time for trying to murder her way to personal profit and gain,” Katz said. “Thankfully, the victim survived the attack on her life and we were able to deliver justice to her.”