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World A Russian professor was pulled from a river. Police said a woman's arms were found in his rucksack

18:25  10 november  2019
18:25  10 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Napoleon expert Oleg Sokolov was pulled from a river as he tried to dispose of body parts. Image caption Prof Sokolov, seen here wearing a Russian 1812-era military uniform at a festival. Police in St Petersburg have arrested a well-known Russian historian on suspicion of murder after he was found

Oleg Sokolov was pulled from Moyka River , St Petersburg, on Saturday morning. The young woman - identified by police sources as 24-year-old Anastasia Yeschenko Sokolov is considered a leading Russian expert on the Napoleonic Wars and is a professor at St Petersburg State University.

Russian law enforcement agencies are questioning a prominent historian over the death of a former student in the city of St. Petersburg, in a case that has grabbed headlines across the country.

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The arms of a woman were discovered in his backpack, the statement said , adding that the detained man was suspected of murder. Investigators did not name the man but police speaking to AFP identified him as Sokolov. The historian is the author of books on French statesman and military

Police in the Russian city of St. Petersburg are planning to interrogate a prominent professor who has been detained on suspicion of killing a female student after being pulled from a frigid river with a backpack containing severed arms . Oleg Sokolov, a history professor at St

Investigators opened a criminal case after the man was pulled out of the Moika River, a waterway in the heart of the historic city, early Saturday morning.

The Investigative Committee, Russia's top law-enforcement agency, said in a statement that a pair of severed arms and a nonlethal handgun were discovered in a backpack the man was carrying, and that he had been detained as a suspect.

The suspect in the case is an academic celebrity. Russian state news agencies identified him as Oleg Sokolov, a professor at St. Petersburg State University. He is currently being treated for hypothermia in hospital.

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A history professor was arrested on suspicion of murder this weekend after he was dragged from a Search and rescue workers pulled the lecturer from the Moyka River in St Petersburg early on Sokolov was rescued from the river with two severed female arms and a gun found in his backpack

He was found in a river with female arms in a backpack. On a bone-chilling Saturday morning, rescuers were called to help a man in his 60 s found in the freezing waters of the Moyka River that cuts though the historic center of St. Petersburg.

According to his university biography, Sokolov is a specialist in the military history of France and a professor at the university's Department of Modern and Contemporary History.

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 Sokolov's apartment.

Yeshchenko came from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to study in St. Petersburg and had continued to work with Sokolov as a researcher, according to the state news agency TASS. It added that law enforcement officials were also looking into media reports that Sokolov beat some of his students.

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

Russian state news agencies reported that divers searching the Moika River as part of the investigation had discovered the remains of another person in a bag.

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Saint Petersburg: Police in Saint Petersburg on Saturday arrested a prominent Russian historian on suspicion of murdering a former student after he was hauled out of a river with a backpack containing a woman ' s arms , authorities said .

Police in St. Petersburg on Saturday detained Professor Oleg Sokolov, 63, on suspicion of murdering a former student after he was pulled out of the city’ s Moika river Local media in Saint Petersburg have reported that Sokolov was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to dispose of body parts.

TASS said the human remains belonged to another person, presumed to be a man, and that police were working to establish the identity of that person. It is unclear if the discovery is related to the death of Yeshchenko.

Sokolov has authored a series of monographs on Napoleon Bonaparte and the Napoleonic wars, according to the St. Petersburg State University history department's website.

In June 2003, then-French President Jacques Chirac signed a decree awarding Sokolov the Order of Legion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration, for his studies and enormous contribution to popularization of the history of France and its army, his university biography states.

A historical re-enactor, Sokolov has often appeared in uniforms of the Napoleonic era, and has worked as a consultant on historical reproductions for film and TV.

Sokolov was also member of the French-based Institute of Social Science, Economic and Politics (ISSEP), an academic institution founded by Marion Maréchal, the niece of Marine le Pen, France's far-right National Rally party leader.

The institution announced Saturday that it had stripped Sokolov of his position on its scientific committee.

"We learn with horror from the press the atrocious crime allegedly committed by Oleg Sokolov," it said in a statement.

"As professor of modern history at the University of Saint Petersburg ... awarded the French Légion d'Honneur, we would never have imagined that he could have committed this horrible act.

"We are stripping him immediately of his position as a member of the scientific committee and we send all our condolences and support to the family of the victim."

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