Russian Napoleon-expert found drunk in river with student’s severed arms

Lecturer at St. Petersburg State University Sokolov admits to killing a girl after dismembered body found in his apartment

On Saturday morning, police detained Sokolov, who was trying to drown severed female hands, on the Moika River embankment in St. Petersburg.

Native media in Saint Petersburg reported that university professor Oleg Sokolov was as soon as drunk and fell into the river as he tried to earn rid of physique formulation.

Oleg Sokolov, a prominent Russian academic specialising in Napoleonic history, confessed to murdering his young lover and former student Anastasia Yeshchenko and dismembering her body.

"He has admitted his guilt", Sokolov's lawyer Alexander Pochuev told AFP, adding he regretted what he had done and was now cooperating.

Mr Pochuyev said Prof Sokolov - who has been receiving hospital treatment for hypothermia - may have been under stress.

In June 2003, then-French President Jacques Chirac signed a decree awarding Sokolov the Order of Legion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration, for his studies and enormous contribution to popularisation of the history of France and its army, his university biography states.

"A 63-year-old man was rescued from the River Moika", investigators stated in assertion.

A distinguished Russian professor chopped up his student-turned-lover and planned on killing himself while dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte - but was instead busted carrying a backpack stuffed with the woman's arms, after drunkenly falling into a river, according to reports.

Both he and his lover studied French history and liked to wear period costumes, with Sokolov dressing up as Napoleon.

Investigators didn't title the person however police chatting with AFP recognized him as Sokolov.

A historical re-enactor, Mr Sokolov has often appeared in uniforms of the Napoleonic era, and has worked as a consultant on historical reproductions for film and TV.

Sokolov was also a member of France's Institute of Social Science, Economics and Politics (ISSEP), but on Saturday the society announced in a statement that he had been stripped of his position on its scientific committee.

Issep was founded by Marion Maréchal, the niece of far-right National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen and a former lawmaker for the far-right National Front party.



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