A courtroom in Saint Petersburg on Friday sentenced a Russian historian and Napoleon fanatic to 12-and-a-half-years in jail for murdering and dismembering his younger pupil lover final 12 months.
The trial, which spurred activists to voice rising anger over home abuse in Russia, started in June after delays as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Oleg Sokolov, a historical past lecturer who acquired France’s Legion d’Honneur in 2003, got here to the courtroom in a gray go well with and a white shirt, an AFP journalist following the trial reported.
Sokolov paced forwards and backwards in a glass cell as Choose Yulia Maximenko sentenced him to “12 years and 6 months in a strict regime penal colony” on expenses of homicide and the unlawful possession of firearms.
“He was conscious of his actions on the time of the crime,” Maximenko stated as she learn out the decision, including that the intent to homicide arose “immediately”.
Sokolov was arrested in November 2019 after he was hauled out of the freezing Moika River in Saint Petersburg whereas drunk and carrying a backpack containing a girl’s arms.
The historian pleaded responsible to the costs of murdering 24-year-old Anastasia Yeshchenko, however stated he dedicated the crime within the warmth of the second throughout an argument along with his former pupil and lover.
Sokolov’s lawyer Sergei Lukyanov stated the defence “doesn’t agree” with the sentence however will determine whether or not to enchantment after receiving a duplicate of the decision.
Final week the courtroom heard the ultimate arguments within the case and prosecutors requested a 15-year-term.
Yeshchenko’s mother and father attended the sentencing on Friday.
Their lawyer Alexandra Baksheyeva instructed reporters that, despite the fact that “nothing can deliver their daughter again”, the household doesn’t intend to enchantment the decision to request a harsher sentence.
Sokolov taught historical past at Saint Petersburg State College, President Vladimir Putin’s alma mater, and was near the authorities.
The adorned historian authored a number of books on Napoleon Bonaparte and sometimes led historic reenactments of the French emperor’s 1812 Russian marketing campaign.
The grotesque homicide scandalised Russia after lots of his college students stated Sokolov had exhibited inappropriate behaviour up to now and demanded that administration on the college be investigated.
Yearly, almost 16.5 million girls throughout Russia fall sufferer to home violence, in response to activists.
Nevertheless, efforts to foyer for a specialised legislation in opposition to violence and shield victims have failed.
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