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A St. Petersburg University prominent history professor has been convicted and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison, on charges of murdering and dismembering a female student.

The 64-year-old Oleg Sokolov, who taught at St. Petersburg State University, was found guilty of shooting and killing a 24-year-old doctoral student Anastasia Yeshchenko at his apartment in November 2019.

Sokolov was detained after being pulled from the Moika River outside his St. Petersburg apartment with a backpack with two severed arms inside told the court, the student was his lover.

The limbs were identified as Yeshchenko’s, and investigators found other body parts in the river and in Sokolov’s apartment in the historic part of St. Petersburg, less than a mile from the Hermitage Museum.

During the trial, Sokolov testified that he shot her during a quarrel.

Prosecutors had requested a 15-year sentence.

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