National Post (National Edition)

PROF JAILED FOR MURDERING STUDENT LOVER

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MOSCOW A Russian court sentenced a distinguis­hed historian known for re-enacting Napoleonic battle scenes to 12½ years in prison on Friday for the murder of his young student lover, whom he dismembere­d.

Oleg Sokolov, 64, a former history professor at St Petersburg State University, was found in a river in November last year with a bag containing the severed arms of Anastasia Yeshchenko, a 24-year-old postgradua­te.

Sokolov pleaded guilty but told court it wasn't been premeditat­ed and she had driven him to “a state of complete insanity” by making insulting comments about his children from another relationsh­ip.

The judge said Sokolov had shot Yeshchenko four times before dismemberi­ng her, taking the body parts out in bags and dumping them in St Petersburg's River Moyka.

When the severed arms failed to sink, he got into the frigid waters and was then unable to get back out because of the cold, the judge said, and was caught.

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