Napoleonic expert Oleg Sokolov fell in river trying to dispose of body parts in St Petersburg
A prominent Russian history professor has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a gruesome crime that has sent shockwaves across Russia.
Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old expert on Napoleon Bonaparte who received Frances Legion of Honour from Jacques Chirac in 2003, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of the icy Moika River with a backpack containing a womans arms.
He has admitted his guilt, Sokolovs lawyer Alexander Pochuev told AFP, adding he regretted what he had done and was cooperating. The historian was being treated for hypothermia in a hospital on Sunday.
Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell into the Moika, a tributary of the Neva, in central St Petersburg as he tried to dispose of body parts near the offices of investigators.
After disposing of the corpse, he reportedly planned to commit suicide at the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the former imperial capitals most famous landmarks, dressed as Bonaparte.