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Russian professor sent to prison for killing student
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Quote:   Russian professor sent to prison for killing student   

A court in St. Petersburg has convicted a prominent history professor on charges of murdering and dismembering a female student and sentenced him to 12 1/2 years in prison   

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- A court in St. Petersburg on Friday convicted a prominent history professor on charges of murdering and dismembering a female student and sentenced him to 12 1/2 years in prison.

The court found 64-year-old Oleg Sokolov, who taught at St. Petersburg State University, guilty of shooting and killing 24-year-old doctoral student Anastasia Yeshchenko at his apartment in November 2019.


It is going to be a tough going for a guy with his intellect to be housed amongst Russia's low-life for the next 12 ½ years. Our second schnauzer was a rescue; her previous owner was a guy with a PhD who attempted to kill his wife. He received a 21-year sentence.
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WOW!! I wonder just what went on between them, that caused him to shoot her?
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Well, the article is accurate, but you can find more details on Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Sokolov

This is incidentally the case I mentioned the other day (on the "covid vaccine" murder) as the better murder story.

As for what happened: well, lovers quarreled.... He said that she was verbally abusing him in front of his young children, she left him no choice.

I'd only add that he was most known as the Reconstructor, not really as a historian (with his specialization in French military history it is rather obvious that he was simply teaching history courses). He only played one role: of the Napoleon. Could it be that he developed some kind of Napoleonic complex? Donno. That he was not entirely sane is certain: I can understand murder, dismembering and even dumping the body parts into a river (albeit a smarter person would have chosen a larger river with some water flow to carry away the remains -- this was a poor choice). But I fail to understand why he jumped into the river after dumping the bags with body parts there -- and he definitely jumped, you cannot accidently fall, there is a high enough fence.

(And yes, there was a question of his sanity raised too).

As for the sentence : 12 years for murder + 0.5 for illegal weapon possession (apparently a 200 year old gun in working order S6 ).
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OK, a couple more of juicy details that did not make into newspapers:

1. Bigger part of his defense was that this entire episode was a provocation of another historian (who wrote a book "first true history of the war of 1812"). I did not look into this closely, but it seems that the competitor was also a nutcase. Naturally this defense did not help much.

2. And what made it particularly bad for him was the log from his computer -- he studied the maps of nearby rivers hours before the murder!
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