Russian professor jailed over girlfriend’s murder

A Russian courtroom has sentenced a distinguished historian recognized for re-enacting Napoleonic battle scenes to 12-and-a-half years in jail after convicting him of the murder of his younger pupil lover, whom he dismembered.

Oleg Sokolov, 64, a former historical past professor at St Petersburg State University, was present in a river in November final yr with a bag containing the severed arms of Anastasia Yeshchenko, a 24-year-old postgraduate.

Sokolov pleaded responsible to her murder, however informed the courtroom it had not been premeditated and that she had pushed him to "a state of complete insanity" by making insulting feedback about his kids from one other relationship.

The prosecution had requested the courtroom in St Petersburg to jail him for 15 years. Sokolov mentioned he was laid low with the crime and sought a extra lenient sentence.

As she handed down the decision, the choose mentioned Sokolov had shot Yeshchenko 4 instances with a rifle earlier than dismembering her with a knife and noticed, taking the physique elements out in baggage and dumping them in St Petersburg's River Moyka.

He removed her cellphone within the river close to his residence, however was caught whereas disposing of the physique elements.

When the severed arms did not sink, he received into the frigid waters and was then bodily unable to get again out due to the chilly, the choose mentioned. He was subsequently caught.

The courtroom additionally discovered him responsible of weapons possession and that was factored into his sentence.

Sokolov is an skilled on Napoleon Bonaparte and was awarded the Legion of Honour order of benefit by France

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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