Professor dragged from river with severed arms of student, 24, in his bag

Professor dragged from river with severed arms of student, 24, in his bag

Professor Oleg Sokolov has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Anastasia Yeschenko (Picture: east2west news; TASS/Getty)

Professor Oleg Sokolov has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Anastasia Yeschenko (Picture: east2west news; TASS/Getty)

A history professor was arrested on suspicion of murder this weekend after he was dragged from a freezing river carrying two severed arms in his rucksack.

Police later found the decapitated head and body of a woman in Professor Oleg Sokolov’s flat in St Petersberg, Russia, alongside a saw covered in blood.

The victim was identified by police sources as Anastasia Yeschenko, 24, who was a student of the professor, Russian media reports.

She had been in a relationship with the lecturer, 63, when he ‘accidentally killed her’ during an argument, police said.

Sokolov, a leading expert on Russian military history, is now in hospital after suffering from hypothermia.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 9, 2019: Rescue workers by an apartment block where St Petersburg State University professor, historian Oleg Sokolov, suspected of murdering a student, lives. Earlier this morning, Sokolov was rescued from a river with two severed female arms and a gun found in his backpack. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\\TASS via Getty Images)

Rescue workers in the river outside the flat where professor Oleg Sokolov lives (Picture: Getty)

Anastasia Yeschenko and Oleg Sokolov

Student Anastasia Yeschenko with Oleg Sokolov (Picture: VK.com/east2west news)

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 9, 2019: Search and rescue workers in the Moika River by an apartment block where St Petersburg State University professor, historian Oleg Sokolov, suspected of murdering a student, lives. Earlier this morning, Sokolov was rescued from a river with two severed female arms and a gun found in his backpack. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\\TASS via Getty Images)

Search and rescue workers pulled the lecturer from the Moyka River in St Petersburg early on Saturday morning (Picture: Getty)

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 9, 2019: Search and rescue workers in the Moika River by an apartment block where St Petersburg State University professor, historian Oleg Sokolov, suspected of murdering a student, lives. Earlier this morning, Sokolov was rescued from a river with two severed female arms and a gun found in his backpack. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\\TASS via Getty Images)

Sokolov was rescued from the river with two severed female arms and a gun found in his backpack (Picture: Getty)

He was dragged from the icy Moyka River in St Petersburg in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police discovered the two female arms, which had been severed at the elbow, as well as a gun in his bag.

Sokolov is a professor at St Petersburg State University and is well known for reenacting moments of Napoleonic history.

He was president of the Russian Association of Military History and is now a member of the body’s scientific council.

He has worked as a technical adviser to European television broadcasters on films depicting the Napoleonic era, and he was made a knight of the Legion of Honour in France in 2003.

epa07985293 (FILE) - Members of military history clubs wearing 1812-era Russian military style uniforms march take part in a historical festival to mark the 180th anniversary of the Moscow Triumphal Gates in St.Petersburg, Russia, 13 October 2018 (issued 10 November 2019). Oleg Sokolov (C) a Russian historian and teacher at St. Petersburg State University, is suspected of killing his student, with whom he studied the history of France and lived. On the morning of 09 November, a passerby noticed 63-year-old Sokolov in the Moika River. Rescuers took the man out of the water, and when they opened his backpack, they found two human arms. According to media reports, the dismembered body of a young woman, Anastasia Yeshchenko, was discovered in the historian's apartment. Sokolov specializes in the military history of France, is the founder of military-historical reconstruction in Russia. He was awarded the French Legion of Honor. EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV

Sokolov specializes in the military history of France, and is the founder of military-historical reconstruction in Russia (Picture: EPA)

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 9, 2019: Search and rescue workers in the Moika River by an apartment block where St Petersburg State University professor, historian Oleg Sokolov, suspected of murdering a student, lives. Earlier this morning, Sokolov was rescued from a river with two severed female arms and a gun found in his backpack. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\\TASS via Getty Images)

Police later found the decapitated head and body of a woman in professor Sokolov’s flat (Picture: Getty)



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