A Russian Napoleon expert was caught with arms in a bag and admitted to murdering his lover and former student

A picture taken on January 7, 2014, shows Paris Sorbonne University's professor Oleg Sokolov giving orders to his troops during a reenactment of the 1812 war in Saint Petersburg.Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images

A well-known Russian historian and Napoleon expert confessed to murdering his lover, a former student of his, after he was rescued from the Moika River in Saint Petersburg with a backpack containing the woman's sawed-off arms. Oleg Sokolov, 63, told police he killed Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, during an argument. He then says he sawed off her head, arms, and legs, and planned to get rid of the body before publicly committing suicide dressed as Napoleon.  Sokolov was drunk and fell into the Moika River early Saturday morning and had to be rescued. Police found the decapitated body of Yeshchenko at his Saint Petersburg home. Students described Sokolov to French news outlets as a talented lecturer but a "freak" who referred to Yeshchenko as "Josephine," after Napoleon's first wife.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

A prominent Russian historian and expert on Napoleon confessed to murdering his lover after he was pulled from the Moika River in Saint Petersburg early Saturday morning with a backpack containing her severed arms.

Oleg Sokolov, 63, was a well-known re-enactor of the French military figure, taking part in war reenactments as Napoleon. He planned to publicly commit suicide on Sunday dressed as Napoleon, but was instead taken into custody and admitted full guilt in the murder of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, according to his lawyer.

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