HDomestic violence is widespread in Russia and even decriminalized in recent years, although it is considered a warning sign of fatal violent crimes against women. Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old historian and lecturer at St. Petersburg University, is said to have killed 24-year-old Anastasia J., a first-year doctoral student. Could this act have been prevented? Students described him as a gifted teacher, but also as a "freak" and eccentric. In 2008, a former student filed a complaint against.