Graduate student of St. Petersburg State University killed while sleeping with four shots to head

Graduate student of St. Petersburg State University killed while sleeping with four shots to head
Anastasia Yeshenko

Historian Sokolov admitted that he used a sawn-off shotgun he had bought on the black market.

The X-ray examination revealed four bullets in the skull of the killed graduate student of St. Petersburg State University Anastasia Yeshenko, Fontanka reports. According to investigators, the ex-associate professor of the university, Oleg Sokolov, shot his girlfriend when the girl fell asleep after a quarrel.

According to the results of the examination, it transpired that Yeshenko died in her sleep, at 2 am on November 8. The bullets were fired from a small-bore rifle. The first bullet hit the temple. After each shot, the killer needed to reload the weapon. 

Historian Sokolov was arrested after severed female hands were found in his backpack. On the night of November 9, the SPSU professor tried to drown evidence in the Moika River and nearly drowned himself. In the morning, in his apartment, Yeshenko’s dismembered body was found. During the interrogation, Sokolov pleaded guilty and told about the sawn-off shotgun he had bought on the black market. 

The SPSU dismissed associate professor Sokolov. The Lyon Institute of Sociological, Economic and Political Sciences stripped the historian off membership. The Russian Military-Historical Society secretly removed Sokolov from the list of its members.

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