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Russia’s Napoleon expert confesses to dismembering lover

SAINT PETERSBURG: A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia. Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer who received France’s Legion d’Honneur in 2003, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of Saint Petersburg’s Moika River with a backpack containing a woman’s arms. Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell in as he tried to dispose of body parts. Sokolov’s lawyer Alexander Pocheuv said Sokolov “has admitted his guilt,” adding he regretted what he had done and was now cooperating. Sokolov reportedly told investigators that he killed his lover during an argument and then sawed off her head, arms and legs. He planned to dispose of her corpse and later publicly commit suicide dressed up as Napoleon. Pochuev suggested Sokolov may have been under stress or emotionally disturbed. He declined to release further details.


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