Killer professor who beheaded student and planned Napoleon themed suicide jailed

A bizarre Russian professor who beheaded his student-turned-lover before planning a Napoleon themed suicide has been jailed.

Oleg Sokolov, 64, was found drunk in a river in November 2019 clutching a bag containing the severed limbs of his 24-year-old girlfriend Anastasia Yeshchenko.

The former St Petersburg University history professor had stashed her decapitated had in an IKEA bag at his luxury pad, The New York Post reported.

Sokolov, said to be Russia’s most famous Napoleon re-enactor, was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years jail time for they grisly murder.

Judge Yulia Makisimenko said that the lecturer shot Yeshchenko, with a 19th century rifle, strangled and then shot her again before dismembering her with a saw.

After slaughtering his lover, the history-fanatic hid her body parts under his bed and partied with friends.

Having had a glass of cognac, the gruesome killer dismembered the corpse in his bathroom when the party was over.

He was caught trying to dispose of his lover’s arms in an icy river, according to reports.

  • Professor, 64, claims young lover 'grinned like a witch before he shot her'

He is said to have planned to get rid of the body before publicly taking his own life while dressed as Napoleon.

The disgraced lecturer admitted murder but told the court his PhD student girlfriend had driven him “to a state of complete insanity”.

But the judge said Sokolov was fiercely jealous and paranoid of his younger partner, amid the 40-year age difference.

Earlier, Sokolov said in court: “I want to express deep and complete remorse for what I have done. I not only believe that I must be punished, I want to be punished to atone for the crime I committed.”

According to students quoted by AFP, Sokolov enjoyed speaking French and did impressions of Napoleon.

They said the obsessive called Ms Yeshchenko "Josephine", after Napoleon's consort, and asked to be addressed as "Sire".

A lawyer for the Yeshchenko family, Alexandra Baksheeva, said "no jail term would bring [her] back" but that they accepted the court's decision.

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