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chopped up Russian professor jailed for 12 years after dismembering his girlfriend


Oleg Sokolov

Oleg Sokolov

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Oleg Sokolov

A RENOWNED Russian historian has been jailed for the murder of his student lover whose body he cut up into pieces.

Known for re-enacting Napoleonic battles, Oleg Sokolov (64) a former history professor at St Petersburg State University, was found in a river in November 2019 with a bag containing the severed arms of Anastasia Yeshchenko (24)

It emerged he shot Ms Yeshchenko four times before dismembering her with a knife and saw.

He then took put the body parts in bags and dumped them in St Petersburg's River Moyka.

He threw her phone into the river near his home, but was caught while disposing of the body parts.


Russian historian and professor Oleg Sokolov

Russian historian and professor Oleg Sokolov


Russian historian and professor Oleg Sokolov

When the severed arms failed to sink, he got into the freezing waters but was unable to get back out because of the cold.

The prosecution had asked the court in St Petersburg to jail him for 15 years. Sokolov said he was tormented by the crime and sought a more lenient sentence.

He claimed she had driven him to "a state of complete insanity" by insulting his children from another relationship.

Sokolov is an expert on Napoleon Bonaparte and was awarded the Legion of Honour order of merit by France

He has written dozens of historical research papers, and Ms Yeshchenko, a postgraduate student, co-wrote some of them.

He organised Napoleonic re-enactments - playing the role of Napoleon himself - and she also took part.

At a previous hearing he sobbed in court, saying: "I repent".

He admitted shooting Ms Yeshchenko four times , then chopping up the body with a saw and kitchen knife. A stun pistol was also found in the backpack.

He sobbed so loudly in court when he was first charged that at one stage the judge adjourned proceedings.

It had been reported he planned to have planned to get rid of the body before publicly taking his own life dressed as Napoleon.

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