A distinguished Russian professor chopped up his student-turned-lover and planned on killing himself while dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte — but was instead busted carrying a backpack stuffed with the woman’s arms, after drunkenly falling into a river, according to reports.
Saint Petersburg State University professor Oleg Sokolov, 63, was arrested Saturday at the Moika River when he tried to dispose of the remains of his 24-year-old former student Anastasia Yeshchenko, the Agence France-Presse reported.
“He has admitted his guilt,” Sokolov’s lawyer Alexander Pochuev told the outlet, adding that his client was cooperating with authorities.
Sokolov — a noted scholar of Bonaparte — planned to toss Yeshchenko’s remains in the river then commit suicide dressed as the French military general at the landmark Peter and Paul Fortress, the outlet reported.
But he was busted by police after he fell in the river while intoxicated, according to the report.
After he was rescued, authorities discovered a woman’s arms in his backpack then Yeshchenko’s decapitated body at his home, the AFP reported.
He reportedly told authorities that he killed her during an argument then sawed off her head, arms and legs.
Sokolov was brought to the hospital, where he is receiving treatment for hypothermia, the outlet reported.
The scholar was a member of France’s Institute of Social Science, Economics and Politics, which removed him from leadership role in response to the killing, according to AFP.
“We could never imagine that he could commit such an odious act,” the institute said in a statement.