Historian Sokolov, detained for murder, sets up 2 explosions in Spain

Historian Sokolov, detained for murder, sets up 2 explosions in Spain
Oleg Sokolov Photo: AFP

In 2015, he came to Zaragoza with a young girlfriend, Anastasia Yeshchenko - the one he has recently dismembered.

The ex-docent of the St. Petersburg State University Oleg Sokolov, who had killed Anastasia Yeshchenko and dismembered her dead body, had arranged two explosions in Spain. He was prohibited to take part in the local reconstruction projects, following his deeds in Zaragoza, reports Spain’s ABC newspaper.

“Macabre story of Oleg Sokolov, a historian detained in St. Petersburg on charges of murder and dismemberment of his fiancee and former student, who was 39 years younger than him, has special resonance for Zaragoza,” author Roberto Pérez says. In particular, the news impressed those who deal with historic reenactment in the streets of Zaragoza dedicated to battles of the 1808-09 Spanish War of Independence against Napoleon (opposition was strong in Spain, especially in Zaragoza which was one of the most heroic and bright episodes of the War).

Oleg Sokolov was spotted in Zaragoza three times. He visited the city for the first time in 2009, when he was writing a historical novel about Zaragoza dating back to the War of Independence, reports the newspaper. The novel was published in Russia five years later. “By the time, Sokolov was well-known among Zaragoza reenactors, as in 2013, he came back to the capital city of Aragon to take part in one of its picturesque performances in the center of the city.” The fact that the Russian historian took part in it became high-profile - and not just because Sokolov was portraying the French protagonist, Marshal who headed the forces. “It was obvious that he enjoyed the role. He was bound up in it,” ABC notes. But he “behaved eccentrically and in an undisciplined way” from the arrangers’ point of view. For this behavior (it is not specified what exactly it was like), the arrangers of the reenactment reprimanded Sokolov, and he was prohibited to take part in the local reconstruction projects in the future, says Luis Sorando, the President of the Association of reenactors Volunteers of Aragon. Despite of the bad experience, the arrangers accepted the historian’s apologies and let him get back the next year. In 2015, he came to Zaragoza with a young girlfriend, Anastasia Yeshchenko - the one he has recently dismembered.

In 2015, the Russian historian put on the jacket of the Marshall of the Napoleon’s army once again. And again, he demonstrated his genius to acting and low manners, reports the newspaper. “We had to thwart him a few times. He mishandled the horses and allowed himself stupid pranks over his female colleagues,” Luis Sorando recalls. The whole thing ended up with causing damage: Sokolov made two explosions (this is likely about some special effects related to the reenactment, MK) that broke a store window.

“Eccentrical, uncontrolled, undisciplined and with low manners. Well-read expert and keen on Napoleon and Zaragoza. This is how he is remembered in the capital city of Aragon by those who took part in the historical reenactment with him.”

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