Russian professor rescued from river with backpack containing a woman's arms

A well-known Russian historian has confessed to murdering his partner after he was found in a river with a backpack containing a woman's arms.

Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old professor at St. Petersburg State University, was pulled out of Moika River, in the heart of the historic city, on Saturday 9th November. A backpack he was carrying contained a pair of severed arms and a handgun. Police then found the decapitated body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his home in the city of St Petersburg.

Sokolov was reportedly drunk when he 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 take his own life at the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the former imperial capital’s most famous landmarks, dressed as Bonaparte.

Sokolov, who teaches history at St Petersburg State University, President Vladimir Putin’s alma mater, told investigators that he shot and killed his lover during an argument and then sawed off her head, arms and legs, media reported.