NEW YORK, April 23. /TASS/. Viktoria Nasyrova, a Russian national incarcerated in New York on attempted murder charges, went on a hunger strike protesting alleged mistreatment in the Rikers’ Island jail complex, The New York Post daily reported.
The Russian Consulate General’s office in New York stated last month that Nasyrova complained that she had been assaulted by inmates on several occasions and was hospitalized due to a temporary loss of eyesight.
"The only thing that keeps me going is the thought of revenge against all those who have wronged me," the daily quoted Nasyrova as saying. "Legal revenge, of course, in the courts."
According to the daily, Nasyrova had not been eating anything for several days and subsisted on water only.
In February, Nasyrova, 42, was accused by New York’s Queens County District Attorney of attempted murder. According to prosecutors, in August 2016 she attempted to poison a woman from Queens that looked like her, and then stole her identification documents and other things.
The Russian was arrested in New York in March 2017 on suspicion of other crimes. If found guilty, she faces 25 years in prison. Nasyrova told the New York Daily News in February that on January 3 fellow inmates assaulted her.
Nasyrova is also suspected of killing a 54-year-old woman in Russia’s southern city of Krasnodar in October 2014 and stealing a large sum of money that the victim received for selling her house.