Russian professor Napoleon re-enactor Oleg Sokolov sentenced for dismembering student-turned-lover
Sokolov famous as a Napoleon re-enactor, beheaded his student-turned-lover, and then planned to commit suicide as Napoleon Bonaparte
Convicted for the barbaric killing and dismemberment of Anastasia Yeschenko in November 2019, Sokolov has been sentenced to more than 12 years in a stockade
The 64-year-old former history professor at St. Petersburg State University was found, drunk, in the Moika River on Nov. 19, 2019
He was found with a bag containing the severed arms of 24-year-old Yeshchenko
Sokolov the court heard, shot his lover 24-year-old PhD student Anastasia Yeschenko, four times with the century old rifle
He then dismembered her with a knife and saw, hid her parts under a bed and partied with friends
The defendant was caught on surveillance camera walking toward the river, throwing bags with body parts into the water, then going back home to take the next bag
Sokolov pled guilty to her murder, but claimed the killing had not been premeditated
Yeschenko he claimed, had driven him to “a state of complete insanity” when she made insulting remarks about his children from another relationship
64-year-old Russian professor who beheaded his student-turned-lover — and then planned to commit suicide as Napoleon Bonaparte, was reportedly, sentenced to more than 12 years in a stockade, on Christmas Day.
Oleg Sokolov, a former history professor at St. Petersburg State University, was found boozed up in a river in November 2019 with a bag containing the severed arms of 24-year-old Anastasia Yeshchenko.
Her severed head was discovered in an IKEA bag in his luxury apartment, while her torso and legs were recovered from the Moika River in St. Petersburg.
Sokolov, Russia’s most famous Napoleon re-enactor, sat impassively while wearing a mask as a court in St. Petersburg sentenced him to 12½ years in a penal colony on Friday, December 25.
“He shot her, then tried to strangle her, but she continued showing signs of life so he shot her again,” Judge Yulia Maksimenko said, adding that he shot her four times with a rifle before dismembering her with a knife and saw.
One of the bullets, which were fired from a Soviet-era TOZ-17 stylized as a 19th-century cavalry rifle, went through the woman’s right eye, East2West reported.
After killing her and hiding her body parts under a bed, Sokolov partied with friends.
“His friends visited him, they all drank cognac,” the court heard.
Once they left, he beheaded and dismembered the corpse in his bathroom.
Sokolov was caught when he was found in the icy river trying to dispose of his lover’s arms, which he had chopped off at her shoulders.
The disgraced academic pled guilty to her murder, but told the court it had not been premeditated and that the PhD student had driven him to “a state of complete insanity” by making insulting remarks about his children from another relationship.
Investigations uncovered that Sokolov had suspected much younger lover of cheating on him, and became violent when she inormed himthat she planned on going to a friend’s birthday party.
She had told him that her freedom must be respected, but the judge said Sokolov was fiercely jealous amid the 40-year age difference.
Sokolov, who once had lectured at the Sorbonne in Paris and was awarded the Legion of Honour order of merit by France, and Yeschenko had both taken part in Napoleonic re-enactments in full historic regalia.
Earlier, Sokolov said in court: “I want to express deep and complete remorse for what I have done. I not only believe that I must be punished, I want to be punished to atone for the crime I committed.”