Professor tries to drown severed female hands in Moika River 

Professor tries to drown severed female hands in Moika River

University professor suspected of murder got taken out of the river with hypothermia and hospitalized.

On Saturday morning, police detained the man on the Moika River embankment in St. Petersburg; he was trying to drown severed female hands.

The detainee was taken out of the water with severe hypothermia, after which he was hospitalized, Nevsky Novosti reports. He has been identified; the man is Oleg Sokolov, candidate of historical sciences, teacher of St. Petersburg State University. In addition, a traumatic pistol was found in the 63-year-old teacher’s backpack.

It is reported that Sokolov lives ten minutes from the place where he was found by police. The Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal case under Murder.


According to Fontanka, Sokolov’s place at 82 Moyka River Embankment is being searched. A female body, a head, and a bloodied saw have been found in the apartment. There is a version that the deceased woman is a relative of Sokolov.

This is not the first time that Sokolov has become involved in a scandalous story. Earlier, one of the former students, who was his girlfriend, stated that the St. Petersburg State University professor brutally beat her and threatened to kill her in 2008.

In addition, in 2018, during an open lecture by Sokolov on the battles of the Napoleonic era, Anton Kuzhim, a student at the University of Railways, asked Sokolov what he thought about plagiarism charges. After that, young people attacked him and his friend at the direction of the teacher. The student recorded the fact of beatings in the emergency room and wrote a statement to the police. 


Candidate of historical sciences Oleg Sokolov is considered a specialist in military history, in particular, the history of the Napoleonic Wars. He is a member of the scientific council of the Russian Military Historical Society, chaired by the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky. Sokolov is considered one of the founders of military-historical reconstruction community in Russia. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor for scientific and social activities. The historian also advises filmmakers making films about the Napoleonic era. Reconstruction companions call him “Sire.”



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