Woman Marries Man She Tried to KillSep 09, 2004
The Moscow Times
Maybe love really does conquer all.
Consider the case of Anastasia Nasinovskaya, who took $10,000 from her boyfriend to order his murder and then wound up marrying him.
Igor Lantsov, former deputy director of the Kremlin Trading House, which provides food to the Kremlin, met Nasinovskaya in 2002 when she was a 21-year-old student at Moscow's prestigious Plekhanov institute.
Lantsov began showering gifts on Nasinovskaya, a runner-up in the 1997 Miss Moscow pageant. "I spent a half a million dollars on her in the six months we lived together," Lantsov told a police investigator, Izvestia reported.
Trouble broke out in December when the couple quarreled and Lantsov demanded that Nasinovskaya return a brand-new BMW, said a police spokesman.
Nasinovskaya turned to an old friend, Ivan Sentyurin, and offered him $15,000 to kill Lantsov, he said.
Sentyurin took a $10,000 advance to shoot Lantsov in the head. He was to show Nasinovskaya a photograph of the body in exchange for the other $5,000.
Lantsov said the $10,000 advance came from his own pocket. "She rudely took it from an envelope, and when I tried to stop her, she made a face as if I had insulted her terribly and slammed the door," he told Izvestia. "It's pure impudence: ordering a hit on me with my own money!"
The $10,000 may have been too little, as Sentyurin went straight to the police.
Police set up sting operation to catch Nasinovskaya in the act of handing over the money in exchange for the photograph, using an old trick of notifying the would-be victim and staging a photograph to make it look as if he were dead.
On Dec. 22, police arrested Nasinovskaya at the restaurant Traktir on Nagatinskaya Ulitsa in southern Moscow while Sentryurin was counting the money. She was promptly charged with organizing a murder, which could have meant up to 20 years in prison.
But then Lantsov had a sudden change of heart. He hired an expensive lawyer to defend Nasinovskaya and eventually asked for her hand in marriage, which she gladly gave, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.
"Apparently his feelings were stronger than the insult of having a contract put on his life," the police spokesman said.
The Moscow City Court gave the newly married Nasinovskaya a five-year suspended sentence on a lesser charge in late August, MK said.