Investigators to check if Professor Sokolov is involved in other crimes
To do that, forensic scientists from the central office of the ICR have been sent to St. Petersburg.
Forensic investigators of the central office of the ICR will check historian Oleg Sokolov for involvement in other crimes, on the order of the head of the department, Alexander Bastrykin.
This is probably about the incident that has been in the media - in 2008, Sokolov’s student and lover (not the one he killed) complaint to the police that the professor reacted to her wish to break up with him by luring her into an apartment, where he beat her for several hours, threatened her with an iron, and choked her. However, the historian managed to escape accountability for the crime.
The Investigative Committee emphasized that they would check whether “unlawful actions were committed by the accused in relation to another student”.
Investigators also continue to work on the case of the murder of graduate student of St. Petersburg State University, Anastasia Yeshchenko, who was Sokolov’s lover. The parents of the murdered woman, as well as the mutual friends and acquaintances of the historian and student have been questioned.
Oleg Sokolov, 63, was jailed for two months on November 11. At the trial, he stated that he was sorry and even cried. According to him, Yeshchenko had not wanted him to spend time with his children and yelled at him in the evening of November 7.
“I don’t understand how it could have happened. The girl, who seemed to me so perfect, gradually turned into this nightmarish creature. That’s the reason,” Sokolov said when asked why he had shot the woman. The historian tried to sink his lover's body parts in the Moika.