Russian Federation professor arrested after woman's arms found in bag

Professor tries to drown severed female hands in Moika River

A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russian Federation.

Lawyer Alexander Pochuev said Sokolov has signed a statement of guilt, the reports said.

TASS said that reports that Mr Sokolov had confessed to the murder were inaccurate, citing the St Petersburg branch of the Investigative Committee.

The scholar was particularly fond of dressing up as Napoleon and had dressed up as the French leader on the night of his arrest because he had planned to take his own life in a very public fashion outside the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg, according to a suicide letter seen by 47 News.

Oleg Sokolov, an expert on Napoleon, was rescued from the Moyka River in St Petersburg in the early hours of Saturday morning along with the backpack.

Sokolov told investigators he killed his lover during an argument and then sawed off her head, arms and legs.

A former student also claimed that Sokolov was dedicated to his work but was also emotionally unstable and abused alcohol.

"He is an elderly person", he said, adding he was being treated for hypothermia in a local hospital.

Law enforcement officials told the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti that the dismembered body of the victim, Anastasia Yeshchenko, a former student of the professor, was found in Mr Sokolov's apartment.

A prominent Russian historian has been caught with the two arms of a woman tucked into his backpack.

The historian, who also taught at Sorbonne University, is the author of books on French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Students described Sokolov as both a talented lecturer who spoke French and could impersonate the French emperor and his generals and a "freak" who called his lover "Josephine" and asked to be addressed as "Sire".

The lawyer for a historian at St. Petersburg State University who has been arrested in a grisly murder case says the university lecturer has entered into a plea bargain agreement.

Reports said Sokolov had been given France's Legion of Honour award for his work.

The relationship was said to have been an "open secret".

According to Moscow Times, Police in St. Petersburg on Saturday detained 63-year-old Prof.



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