A well known Russian historian has confessed to murdering his lover – a former scholar – his lawyer says, after he was present in a river with a backpack containing a lady’s arms.
Oleg Sokolov, 63, was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to eliminate physique elements, native media mentioned.
Police then discovered the decapitated physique of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his dwelling.
Prof Sokolov is a Napoleon professional who has obtained France’s Légion d’Honneur.
“He has admitted his guilt,” his lawyer Alexander Pochuyev advised AFP, including that he regretted what he had achieved and was now cooperating.
Prof Sokolov reportedly advised police that he killed his lover throughout an argument after which sawed off her head, legs and arms.
He’s mentioned to have deliberate to do away with the physique earlier than publicly committing suicide dressed as Napoleon.
Mr Pochuyev mentioned Prof Sokolov – who has been receiving hospital remedy for hypothermia – could have been beneath stress.
The historian has written a number of books on Napoleon and in addition acted as a historic advisor on a number of movies. He and Ms Yeshchenko had co-authored a number of works.
Each he and Ms Yeshchenko studied French historical past and loved carrying interval costumes, with Prof Sokolov dressing up as Napoleon.
College students described him as each a gifted lecturer who spoke French and did impressions of Napoleon and as a “freak” who referred to as his lover “Josephine” and requested to be addressed as “Sire”, AFP reported.
He was additionally a member of France’s Institute of Social Science, Economics and Politics (Issep), which on Saturday mentioned it had eliminated him from his place on its scientific committee.
“We study with horror… the atrocious crime of which Oleg Sokolov is responsible,” it mentioned in a press release.
“We may by no means think about that he may commit such an odious act,” the assertion added.
Issep was based by Marion Maréchal, the niece of far-right Nationwide Rally get together chief Marine Le Pen and a former lawmaker for the far-right Nationwide Entrance get together.