|Russian temptress accused of poisoning pal with piece of cheesecake – New York Post|
|Russian temptress accused of poisoning pal with piece of cheesecake|
It was a dish served cold.
Authorities slapped a fur-loving Russian temptress from Brooklyn with attempted murder charges for feeding her friend a poisoned piece of cheesecake in a bid to steal her identity.
“This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death of a Queens woman, whose only fault was that she shared similar features with the defendant,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Tuesday following Victoria Nasyrova’s arraignment.
The 42-year-old “masseuse” — who is currently locked up on Rikers for fleecing two men she met on online dating sites — was indicted by a Queens County grand jury for poisoning her lookalike pal, Olga Tsvyk.
She has a notorious past and was once wanted for murder in 2014 for the death of a Russian woman, whose badly burned remains were found in a village near her hometown.
Nasyrova is now accused of poisoning Tsvyk during a visit to her Forest Hills home in August 2016.
“It was plain cheesecake,” Tsvyk told The Post last year of her friend’s diabolical dessert, which was given to her as a “gift.”
“It tasted like a regular cheesecake, nothing out of the ordinary.”
Unbeknownst to her, the seemingly tasty treat contained a deadly, long-lasting benzodiazepine drug, or tranquilizer, known as phenazepam — which was developed by the Russians in the 1970s and is still legal in the country today.
Tsvyk scarfed down the cheesecake and “afterwards began to feel sick and laid down,” according to prosecutors.
She passed out moments later — and Nasyrova proceeded to cover up the crime scene, officials said.
“Before passing out, the woman’s last memory is of seeing the defendant sitting beside her inside her home,” charged the DA’s office. “The following day, the victim’s friend discovered her unconscious in her bed, dressed in lingerie with pills scattered around her body — as if the woman had attempted to kill herself. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.”
While Tsvyk was able to make a full recovery, doctors said she was just minutes away from having a heart attack.
“Luckily, the Queens woman survived the poisoning,” said Brown.
Nasyrova allegedly stole Tsvyk’s passport that day — along with her employment authorization card, a gold ring and some cash. It’s unclear if the items were ever recovered.
The notorious Russian seductress has been locked up at Rikers since her grand larceny arrest in March.
She faces up to 25 years behind bars if convicted of her latest charges, which include first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree grand larceny, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
|Woman Accused of Poisoning Her Lookalike with a Cheesecake and Stealing Her Passport – TIME|