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Russian Federation professor arrested after woman's arms found in bag

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Local media said Sokolov was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to dispose of body parts

Oleg Sokolov, said to be Napoleonic expert, was hauled out of a St. Petersburg river carrying a backpack containing the woman's arms.

Sokolov reportedly enjoyed a sexual relationship with a 24-year-old former female student and, according to the investigation cited by Russian media, both were earlier engaged in various research projects about the Napoleon era while participating in historical roleplay including authentic dress, and re-enactment of certain events of the era. Sokolov was hospitalized Saturday for hypothermia but was taken to a police station Sunday for questioning.

He received France's Legion d'Honneur in 2003.

Yeschenko's head, arms and legs were also dismembered in an attempt to dispose of her body much easier - an act that Sokolov told police made him so physically ill that he had to drink heavily in order to keep going, the Post went on to report.

Russian state news agencies reported that divers searching the Moika River as part of the investigation had discovered the remains of another person in a bag.

The historian is the author of books on French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and had acted as a historical consultant on several films.

(FILE) - Members of military history clubs wearing 1812-era Russian military-style uniforms march take part in a historical festival to mark the 180th anniversary of the Moscow Triumphal Gates in St. Petersburg, Russia, on October 13, 2018.

Investigators found Sokolov in Saint Petersburg's icy Moika River where he was trying to dispose of the woman's remains.

Both the professor and his deceased lover studied French history and co-authored a number of works.

Sokolov was also a member of Lyon-based Institute of Social Science, Economics and Politics (ISSEP), which announced Saturday that he had been stripped of his position on its scientific committee.

"We learn with horror about the atrocious crime of which Oleg Sokolov is allegedly guilty", it said in a statement.

Issep was founded by Marion Maréchal, the niece of far-right National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen and a former lawmaker for the far-right National Front party.

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