Russian Napoleon expert kills and butchers student lover

Russian Napoleon expert kills and butchers student lover

Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg plan to interrogate a prominent professor who has been detained on suspicion of killing a female student after he was pulled from a frigid river with a backpack containing severed arms. Sokolov has since been taken for treatment of hypothermia and has admitted to murder.

Prof Sokolov is a Napoleon expert who has received France's Légion d'Honneur.

Police reportedly then went to Sokolov's residence the set they found the decapitated physique of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, with whom he had co-authored a wide range of works.

Sokolov's lawyer Alexander Pochuyev told Interfax on Sunday morning that his client had confessed to the murder of his former student.

Oleg Sokolov, 63, was trying to dispose of the severed body parts of his girlfriend when he slipped and fell into the Moika.

After disposing of the corpse he reportedly planned to commit suicide at the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the former imperial capital's most famous landmarks, dressed as Napoleon.

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

Some students said he was a "freak" who called his lover "Josephine" (Napoleon's first wife) and asked to be addressed as "Sire".

He has worked as a technical adviser to European television broadcasters on films depicting the Napoleonic era, and he was made a knight of the Legion of Honour in France in 2003.

"We learn with horror. the atrocious crime of which Oleg Sokolov is guilty.", it said.

As an academic of such standing, the statement added, "we could never imagine that he could commit such an odious act".

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