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Professor Pulled From River With Student’s Arms In Backpack

PostPosted: November 10th, 2019, 5:28 pm
by toucana

Russian law enforcement agencies are questioning a prominent historian Oleg Sokolov over the death of a former female student in the city of St. Petersburg.

Investigators opened a criminal case after the man was pulled out of the Moika River, a waterway in the heart of the historic city, early Saturday morning.

Investigatiors said in a statement that a pair of severed arms and a non-lethal handgun were discovered in a backpack the man was carrying, and that he had been detained as a suspect.

The suspect in the case is Oleg Sokolov, a professor at St. Petersburg State University. He is currently being treated for hypothermia in hospital.

According to his university biography, Sokolov is a specialist in the military history of France and a professor at the university's Department of Modern and Contemporary History.

Law enforcement officials told the Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti that the dismembered body of the victim, Anastasia Yeshchenko, a former student of the professor, was found in Sokolov's apartment.

Yeshchenko came from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar to study in St. Petersburg and had continued to work with Sokolov as a researcher, according to the state news agency TASS. It added that law enforcement officials were also looking into media reports that Sokolov beat some of his students.

A historical re-enactor, Sokolov has often appeared in uniforms of the Napoleonic era, and has worked as a consultant on historical reproductions for film and TV.

Re: Professor Pulled From River With Student’s Arms In Backp

PostPosted: November 10th, 2019, 9:15 pm
by TheVat
The spouse is reading this link to the article in the Washington Post....

Russia’s greatest Napoleonic reenactor was found drunk in a river with the severed arms of his lover in his backpack

...and calls it to my attention, saying "now THAT'S what I call click-bait." We agreed there was no way either of us could not click on the story. It had a New York Post quality to it (a paper noted for its lurid and often amusing headlines). ... story.html

I was surprised that a body of water in St. Petersburg, in November, was still in an unfrozen state that would permit falling in. As for the survival of a 63 year old of such an immersion, I guess vodka makes a good antifreeze.

Re: Professor Pulled From River With Student’s Arms In Backp

PostPosted: November 10th, 2019, 10:06 pm
by toucana
The Neva River within the city limits usually freezes up in November–December and break-up occurs in April. From December to March there are 118 days average with snow cover, which reaches an average snow depth of 19 cm (7.5 in) by February.[47] The frost-free period in the city lasts on average for about 135 days. Despite St. Petersburg's northern location, its winters are warmer than Moscow's due to the Gulf of Finland and some Gulf Stream influence from Scandinavian winds that can bring temperature slightly above freezing.

Saint Petersburg is at the same latitude (59) as Oslo in Norway, Stockholm in Sweden, and has much the same climate as Helsinki in Finland.

For me, the most interesting challenge was trying to compose a byeline that would adequately capture the essence of the story, and still fit within the 60 character limit imposed by the SPCF forum templates. It took several attempts ;-).

(p.s. - note that adding the 'Re: broke it !)