Butcher historian Sokolov makes full confession
His lawyer says that the professor is in a state of shock.
Lawyer Alexander Pochuev, who defends the St. Petersburg State University lecturer Oleg Sokolov, said that the man suspected of the murder had made a full confession.
According to Pochuev, the historian is in a state of shock, and his actions were caused by “the influence of strong factors, possibly a state of pathological intoxication or affect,” TASS reports.
The lawyer noted that the fact of his client’s involvement in the murder has not yet been proven. A psychiatric examination has been assigned to the teacher, RBC reports.
On Saturday morning, police detained Sokolov, who was trying to drown severed female hands, on the Moika River embankment in St. Petersburg. The detainee was taken out of the water with severe hypothermia, after which he was hospitalized. A traumatic gun was found in the 63-year-old teacher’s backpack.
The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under Murder. A search began in the teacher’s apartment; as a result, a female body, a head, and a bloodied saw were found. Later, it turned out that the murdered girl was Anastasia Yeshchenko, who lived with Sokolov.