Drunk Russian Professor Chopped Up Lover, Found In River With Her Arms

A Napoleonic history professor with tenure at Saint Petersburg State University is suspected of murdering his much younger ex-student

Oleg Sokolov on suspicion of murdering a former student after he was pulled out of the city's Moika river with a backpack containing the severed arms, authorities said.

Sokolov is a professor at St Petersburg State University and is well known for reenacting moments of Napoleonic history.

Police discovered the decapitated body of 24-year-old Anastasia Yeshchenko at Sokolov's house.

"He has admitted his guilt", his lawyer Alexander Pochuyev told AFP, adding that he regretted what he had done and was now cooperating.

Mr Pochuyev said Prof Sokolov - who has been receiving hospital treatment for hypothermia - may have been under stress.

The historian, who obtained France's Legion of Honneur in 2003, is the writer of books on French statesman and navy chief Napoleon Bonaparte and had acted as a historic marketing consultant on a number of movies.

Local media in Saint Petersburg have reported that Sokolov was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to dispose of body parts.

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The police report reportedly says that he planned to commit suicide dressed as Napoleon following his murder of Anastasia. Police reportedly later found the corpse in his bloodstained apartment.

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

Investigators did not name the particular person however police talking to AFP acknowledged him as Sokolov.

Sokolov was president of the Russian Association of Military History and is now a member of the body's scientific council.

Sokolov was also a member of the Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences (ISSEP) in Lyons, France, which has been described as a far-right academy.

ISSEP was founded by Marine Le Pen's niece, Marion Marechal.

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