Investigators complete probe into history professor charged with student murder
ST. PETERSBURG, March 4 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – Investigation into Oleg Sokolov, the St. Petersburg State University’s history professor, who stands charged with the murder of his postgraduate student Anastasia Yeshchenko, has been completed, his attorney Alexander Pochuyev has told RAPSI.
In addition to the murder, the historian is accused of ammunition trafficking, the lawyer has added.
According to investigators, rescuers pulled the 63-year reader out of a local river early on November 9 and hospitalized. Woman’s severed hands and a nonlethal pistol were found in his backpack. Other parts of her body were found in his flat. The man was arrested when left the hospital the next day. He voluntary surrendered.
The victim was identified as the 24-year postgraduate student of the St. Petersburg State University and Sokolov’s partner.
The professor pleaded guilty. He said that he gunned the woman and broke up her body.
Sokolov is a historian and ideologist of reconstruction of Napoleonic period battles. He has been conferred the Legion of Honor, the French national award instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte.