A well-known Russian historian has admitted to killing his lover, his lawyer says, after being found in a river with a backpack containing a woman's hands.
63-year-old Oleg Sokolov was drunk and fell into the river while he tried to throw away body parts, Russian media reported.
At that time, police discovered the beheaded body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his home in the city of St. Petersburg.
Prof. Sokolov is an expert on Napoleon, who received the French Legion for Honor.
"He admitted his guilt," his lawyer Alexander Pochuev told AFP, adding that he regretted the work and is now cooperating.
Prof. Sokolov tells police he killed his lover during a dispute and then cut off her head, arms and legs. .
It is alleged that he planned to get rid of the body before publicly taking over his life dressed as Napoleon.
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Mrs. Yeschenko moved to St. Petersburg to study from the Krasnodar region in southern Russia, and was a graduate student at the time of her death.
"She was quiet, sweet and sweet, always the perfect student," one acquaintance told Ria. "Absolutely everyone knew about their relationship."
She studied French history and co-authored several historical works with Prof. Sokolov. The couple enjoyed wearing costumes for a period, with Professor Sokolov dressing like Napoleon.
Russian media reported that her mother was a police lieutenant colonel and her father a police school teacher. She has a brother who once played as a goalkeeper for the national youth soccer team.
And the suspected killer?
Students describe Prof. Sokolov as a talented teacher who speaks French and makes an impression on Napoleon and as a "freak" who calls his lover "Josephine" and asks to be addressed as a "gentleman," AFP reported.
He was also a member of the Franciscan Institute for Social Sciences, Economics and Politics (ISEP), which said Saturday that he had been removed from his position on its Scientific Committee.
"We are horrified to learn … a cruel crime, which Oleg Sokolov is guilty of," a statement said.
"We could never imagine that he could commit such a heinous act," the statement added.
Isep was founded by niece Marion Marechal. of the far-right leader of the National Rally Party Marin Le Pen and a former member of the far-right National Front Party.