SPSU associate professor Sokolov dismissed due to “immoral misconduct”

SPSU associate professor Sokolov dismissed due to “immoral misconduct”

Up to the murder of the graduate student, the university leadership ignored complaints about the historian.

The leadership of St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) dismissed associate professor Oleg Sokolov, who is accused of murdering graduate student Anastasia Yeshenko, for an immoral misconduct incompatible with the performance of educational functions, the Interfax news agency reported. The order was signed on Monday, November 11.

After the discovery of a dismembered body in Sokolov’s apartment, the university leadership announced its intention to dismiss the historian and distribute the academic burden among other teachers. At the same time, in 2018, SPSU ignored a complaint from a former student about their employee. According to it, Sokolov tied the victim up and threatened to disfigure her face with a hot iron when the girl declared her desire to terminate the relationship. 

Others complained about Sokolov because of plagiarism in scientific works. Shortly before the murder of Yeshenko, on October 29, Sokolov lost a case to historian Yevgeny Ponasenkov regarding borrowing a text from the opponent’s works.

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