Don Dismembers Student, Takes Her Arms
A Russian historian caught with two arms of a woman tucked
into his backpack has confessed that the arms were those of his
former student whom he had murdered.
Oleg Sokolov, said to be Napoleonic expert, was hauled out
of a St. Petersburg river carrying a backpack containing the woman’s arms.
According to Moscow Times, Police in St. Petersburg on
Saturday detained 63-year-old Prof. Oleg Sokolov on suspicion of murdering a
former student after he was pulled out of the city’s Moika river with a
backpack containing the severed arms, authorities said.
They then searched Sokolov’s home, where they found the
decapitated body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, a former student at his
university with whom he had co-authored a number of works.
Sokolov’s lawyer, Alexander Pochuyev, said that his client
had confessed to the murder of his former student.
“Sokolov acted under
some sort of strong influence. For now, we can only make assumptions,” Pochuyev
His Police statement revealed that Sokolov is believed to
have planned to get rid of the body, after which he would have committed
suicide publicly while dressed as French statesman and military leader Napoleon
Bonaparte, local news outlet, 47, reported.
The historian, who is known in Russia’s history community
for re-enacting Napoleon-era battles, previously served a stint as a visiting
professor at France’s prestigious Sorbonne university.
In May 2018, the Russian outlet Moskovsky Komsomolets
published an anonymous story by one of Sokolov’s students who accused the
professor of beating and bullying her and torturing her with an iron 10 years
“When the iron warmed
up, he brought it to my face, so that I could feel its heat coming from him,
and began to threaten that it would disfigure me for the rest of my life,” the