Sokolov told the investigators, according to local media, that he shot his lover in a quarrel and then sawed off her head, arms and legs. His lawyer explained that the scientist regrets the act and cooperates with the investigators.
According to media reports, the professor of the State University of St. Petersburg wanted to take his life after sinking the body parts. 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 and has appeared as a history expert in several documentary films. He also taught at the prestigious French Sorbonne and is a member of the French Legion of Honor. 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.