Sunday, November 10, 2019
The prominent Russian historian Oleg Sokolov confessed to having killed a former student and then dismembered it. "He has admitted his guilt," said Sokolov's lawyer Alexander Potschuew. Sokolov had been arrested on Saturday while trying the body parts of the young woman, who was also his lover, to sink in the river Moika in St. Petersburg,
Russian media reported that the university professor had fallen drunk into the Moika when he tried to sink the body parts. The police rescued the 63-year-old historian from the ice-cold river and then discovered the arms of a woman in his backpack. In the apartment of the Napoleon expert, the officials found the decapitated corpse of the 24-year-old, with whom Sokolov had written several books, and a bloodstained saw.
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 said the historian 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.
Member of the French Legion of Honor
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.
Last year Sokolov was accused of beating a student. According to media reports, this is not the young woman who has now been murdered. The newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets" published a report on the young woman to the police, in which she admits having had an affair with the lecturer. When she wanted to break up with him, she was brutally beaten and abused. Sokolov is said to have lured her to her home, tied her up and then hit her face, chest and stomach several times. He should also have held a hot iron in front of her face and threatened to mutilate her.
Students described the scholar, who liked to show himself in historical costumes with his lover, as gifted teachers. Some also described him as a "freak" and eccentric.