A history professor was held on suspicion of murder this weekend after he was pulled from a freezing river taking two severed arms in his rucksack.
Cops later discovered the decapitated head and body of a lady in Professor Oleg Sokolov’s flat in St Petersberg, Russia, beside a saw covered in blood. The victim was recognized by police sources as Anastasia Yeschenko, 24, who was a student of the professor, Russian media news.
She had been in a relationship with the teacher, 63 when he ‘accidentally killed her’ during a dispute, police said. Sokolov, a leading authority on Russian military history, is now in hospital after sickening from hypothermia.
He was pulled from the icy Moyka River in St Petersburg in the initial hours of Saturday day. Police found the two female arms, which had been split at the elbow, as well as a gun in his bag.
Sokolov is an educator at St Petersburg State University and is well noted for reenacting bits of Napoleonic history. He was president of the Russian Association of Military History and is now a member of the body’s scientific committee.
He has served as a technical advisor to European TV broadcasters on movies representing the Napoleonic era, and he has created a Knight of the Legion of Honour in France in 2003.