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Napoleon-obsessed historian imprisoned for 12 years


A leading Russian military historian and recognized expert on Napoleon was jailed today for twelve and a half years for murdering and dismembering his student lover.

Professor Oleg Sokolov [64] shot and beheaded Anastasia Yeschenko [24] and threw her body parts into the Moika River in St. Petersburg.

Her severed head was found in an IKEA plastic bag in his posh apartment, while her torso and legs were all dredged from the river.

Professor Oleg Sokolov [64] shot and beheaded Anastasia Yeschenko [24] and threw her body parts into the Moika River in St. Petersburg

Anastasia Yeschenko was murdered in St. Petersburg by the Russian military historian

Anastasia Yeschenko was murdered in St. Petersburg by the Russian military historian

The police have found a weapon intended to kill the young student

The police have found a weapon intended to kill the young student

The once well-respected academic, who lectured at the Sorbonne and held the prestigious French Legion of Honor, has admitted his life is now in ruins when he is sent to a strict regime prison colony.

He remained listless in a mask when he was convicted by a court in St. Petersburg.

The historian Sokolov, professor at the former St. Petersburg State University in Vladimir Putin, and his PhD lover Jeschenko took part in Napoleonic reconstructions in full historical regalia.

"He shot her and then tried to strangle her, but she continued to show signs of life, so he shot her again," said judge Yulia Maksimenko.

He killed his lover with a total of four shots – one through the right eye – from a sawed-off TOZ-17 from the Soviet era, stylized as a 19th century cavalry gun.

Professor Oleg Sokolov, 64, right, was photographed with Anastasia Yeschenko, 24, at a ball ahead of their brutal murder

Professor Oleg Sokolov, 64, right, was photographed with Anastasia Yeschenko, 24, at a ball ahead of their brutal murder

After killing her and slaughtering her body, he had a party with friends.

"His friends visited him, they all drank cognac."

At the time, her body was hidden under a bed.

He later beheaded and dismembered the body in the bathroom of his posh apartment.

Sokolov used a saw and knife to cut up the body in his bathroom, according to the judge, who said the academic was sane and "lied" in his report of the murder.

He was caught when he was found in the icy waters of the Moika River trying to dispose of his lover's arms – hacked by the shoulder – that were in his backpack.

A "disappointed" Sokolov suspected her of cheating on him and became violent when she told him she was going to a friend's birthday party.

She had told him her "freedom has to be respected," but the judge said the partners with an age difference of 40 years were extremely jealous.

This sparked an argument that led to her death in which she exclaimed, “I hate you.

"Get out of the way, let me go."

Sokolov used a saw and knife to cut up the body in his bathroom, according to the judge, who said the academic was sane and "lied" in his report of the murder

Sokolov used a saw and knife to cut up the body in his bathroom, according to the judge, who said the academic was sane and "lied" in his report of the murder

He alleged that she "insulted" and assaulted his children from previous relationships, but the judge denied that she "posed a threat" when he shot them.

Sokolov had previously told the trial: “I want to express a deep and complete remorse for what I have done.

"Not only do I believe that I need to be punished, I also want to be punished to atone for the crime I have committed."

He said Anastasia was "the love of my life" and if her mother was present in court he would offer to bend down on her knees and allow her to shoot him.

The judge gave her permission not to attend the trial because of the staggering evidence.

After killing her, Sokolov bought a new IKEA mattress to hide Yeschenko's blood stains on the old one.

The academic had relationships with at least two other students who testified that he "controlled" with extreme temperament.

The victim's remains were identified by her father, Oleg Yeschenko, the judge said.