Woman’s hands show in Russian professor’s salvage

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Prof Sokolov loved dressing up as Napoleon

A successfully-identified Russian historian has confessed to murdering his lover, his criminal expert says, after he became show in a river with a backpack containing a girl’s hands.

Oleg Sokolov, 63, became inebriated and fell into the river as he tried to receive rid of body ingredients, Russian media said.

Police then found the decapitated body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his home in the metropolis of St Petersburg.

Prof Sokolov is a Napoleon expert who has got France’s Légion d’Honneur.

“He has admitted his guilt,” his criminal expert Alexander Pochuyev suggested AFP, adding that he regretted what he had carried out and became now cooperating.

Prof Sokolov reportedly suggested police that he killed his lover at some level of an argument and then sawed off her head, legs and hands.

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Police divers had been browsing St Petersburg’s Moika river

He is presupposed to enjoy planned to receive rid of the body sooner than publicly taking his beget existence dressed as Napoleon.

Mr Pochuyev said Prof Sokolov – who has been receiving sanatorium therapy for hypothermia – might maybe maybe maybe well also had been below stress.

What attain we know about the sufferer?

Ms Yeshchenko moved to St Petersburg to observe from Krasnodar do in southern Russia, and became a postgraduate student at the time of her demise.

“She became nonetheless, sweet and always the ideal student,” an acquaintance suggested Ria facts company. “Completely everyone knew about their relationship.”

She studied French history and co-authored just a few historic works with Prof Sokolov. The couple loved wearing length costumes, with Prof Sokolov dressing up as Napoleon.

Russian media reported that her mother became a police lieutenant colonel and her father a college PE teacher. She has a brother who once conducted as a goalkeeper for the nationwide junior soccer personnel.

And the suspected killer?

College students described Prof Sokolov as both a proficient lecturer who spoke French and did impressions of Napoleon and as a “freak” who called his lover “Josephine” and asked to be addressed as “Sire”, AFP reported.

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Prof Sokolov’s home, the do Ms Yeshchenko’s decapitated body became found, has been sealed off

He became also a member of France’s Institute of Social Science, Economics and Politics (Issep), which on Saturday said it had removed him from his do on its scientific committee.

“We learn with alarm… the execrable crime of which Oleg Sokolov is guilty,” it said in an announcement.

“We might maybe maybe maybe well also by no approach imagine that he might maybe maybe maybe well also commit such an odious act,” the speak added.

Issep became founded by Marion Maréchal, the niece of a ways-impartial Nationwide Rally birthday party chief Marine Le Pen and a historic lawmaker for the a ways-impartial Nationwide Front birthday party.

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