Sounds like a Netflix thriller, but it's a reality. In the Russian city of St. Petersburg, a man was pulled from the river Moika on Saturday. His backpack contained two severed women's arms and a weapon.
The man, according to Russian media reports history professor Oleg Sokolov (63), has admitted to murdering his 24-year-old girlfriend and sawing her body.
Sokolov had to go to hospital with hypothermia, but he is sure to go to jail soon – in his home the police found a female body, a head and a bloody saw. Sokolov told the investigators that he shot his lover in a fight and sawed off her body.
The historian regrets the act and cooperate with the investigators, said his lawyer AFP.
Witnesses reported that the apparently drunk Sokolov wanted to sink a backpack in the river. When this failed, he jumped into the water, attracting the attention of passers-by. According to media reports, the professor of the State University of St. Petersburg wanted to take his own life. Accordingly, he wanted to throw himself disguised as Napoleon of the Peter and Paul fortress.
▶ ︎ Sokolov is the author of several works on Napoleon Bonaparte. He has appeared as a history expert in several documentary films, also taught at the prestigious French Sorbonne and is a member of the French Legion of Honor.
In addition, the historian was a member of the French Institute for Social Sciences, Economics and Politics (Issep), which was founded by Marion Marechal – the niece of the French right-wing populist Marine Le Pen. The institute said Saturday that Sokolov had been deprived of his position on the Science Committee because of the bloody deed.
Students described the scholar, who liked to show himself in historical costumes with his lover, as gifted lecturers, but also as a "freak" and eccentric.