Case against Russian historian accused of student murder reaches court
MOSCOW, March 24 (RAPSI) – The Oktyabrsky District Court of St. Petersburg on Tuesday registered a criminal case against history professor Oleg Sokolov, who stands charged with the murder of his postgraduate student Anastasia Yeshchenko, the United press service of the city’s courts reports.
The hearing date is not scheduled yet. According to the Criminal Procedure Code, the case is not to be heard through video conference link.
Investigation into the defendant was completed, the indictment was approved. In addition to the murder, the historian is accused of ammunition trafficking.
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.