On October 26, the St. Petersburg City Court continued the interrogation of witnesses for the defense of the dismemberment historian Oleg Sokolov, who killed Anastasia Yeshchenko. This time Sokolov was “defended” by the teacher of labor and drawing Konstantin Yerunov and the actor Lepikhov. The actor, who was convicted of rape, tried to present evidence that Yevgeny Ponasenkov told him to beat Sokolov. Yerunov spoke about Yeshchenko’s inhospitableness.
The teacher Konstantin Yerunov is fond of history, participated in historical reconstructions – along this line he has known Sokolov for more than thirty years. The teacher, like most of the witnesses for the defense, began by praising the defendant “A bright leader, a man who was respected, could always help.” According to him, the historian helped him when he had a difficult psychological period in his life. “They are with Anya (with ex-wife – “MK”) did not spare either time or money to get me out of this state, ”he said.
He saw Anastasia Yeshchenko from afar several times. And three or four days before the murder, they met in Sokolov’s apartment, where the teacher and his son came to visit.
“Anastasia sat a little to one side, moving away, and was more silent. The relationship between Oleg Valerievich and Anastasia surprised me very much. I have seen many women with him. Some were true hyenas, but there were also disinterested ones who became wives.
Anastasia strangely, apart, kept herself, when Oleg Valerievich tried to involve her in a conversation, she demonstratively gained distance. It seems as if she is pretending: who came here?
About some shrimps, she said: “No, we won’t put shrimps on the table.” There was a feeling that something was wrong here. The setting was not the most welcoming of her. I even had an idea to call Oleg Valerievich the next day, to talk to him separately. I still reproach myself – maybe if I had called the next day, something could have gone differently, ”Yerunov concluded.
Answering the question of the lawyer of the victims, the witness said that around Sokolov at different times he saw about two hundred women. “But how to count it? For example, ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theater come, he had a wonderful evening by candlelight, but there were no intimate connections there. ” The teacher and several of the historian’s wives found him, and he and his wife had close contact with Anna until the murder of Nastya Yeshchenko. After the “tragedy,” the dismemberment’s ex-wife closed for communication.
Then the court interrogated Alexander Lepikhov, an actor. He does not know Sokolov personally – which is strange for a witness. However, this did not prevent Lepikhov from arranging a real performance in the courtroom. And again it was about the conflict between Sokolov and the historian Ponasenkov.
“The case of Oleg Valerievich needs justice. The state in which the terrible crime was committed was created by hand. These are years of persecution, “he began …
– How do you know that? The judge asked.
– Because it’s true, it’s true. This is my conclusion.
– So you say that you don’t know Sokolov personally?
“I don’t know, but it’s not necessary.
– Do you know Ponasenkov?
As it turned out, Lepikhov is personally acquainted with Ponasenkov, they began to communicate in February 2018. “We became friends on Facebook and started communicating. Once I was driving with Evgeny Nikolaevich in his car on his business. He spoke on the phone: “Yes, yes, yes, it’s cool, be sure to let him go to his lecture, take my book, shake her, ask questions! I will thank him later, ”the actor said.
According to him, this was exactly the guy who was at the lecture of Oleg Sokolov, his name is Anton Kuzhim. Then Lepikhov said that Ponasenkov asked his entourage, assistants, including the actor, to call and complain about Oleg Valerievich at St. Petersburg State University.
“Personally, Evgeny Nikolayevich gave me texts that needed to be spoken on the phone,” he said. This was followed by a colorful sketch about Ponasenkov’s hatred of Sokolov: “Ponasenkov drank, ran around the apartment, shouted:“ Well, he will dance with me, he will play according to my script! ”
– Witness, do not forget that you are not in the theater! – the judge could not resist.
Then Lepikhov told an even more textured episode: “Ponasenkov asked me to gather a group of strong guys to go to St. Petersburg. It was necessary to catch the drunk Oleg Valerievich in the dark streets of Petersburg, beat him, put him on his knees and urinate on his face, record all this on video and send it to him. I don’t know for what purpose ”.
Then the witness decided to show his correspondence with Ponasenkov in the messenger.
– How does all this in principle relate to the murder of Anastasia Yeshchenko? – asked the lawyer of the victims.
As a result, the court refused to attach the printouts of the actor’s correspondence with Ponasenkov to the case, arguing that they were not relevant to the case. Then Sokolov spoke loudly from the “aquarium”: he asked to confirm that Ponasenkov had asked to beat him and use violence.
In the final, the actor suggested that Ponasenkov was an “agent of another country” because he posted videos on an American video platform – you must understand, on YouTube. Then he continued to talk about the personality of Ponasenkov, to which the judge proposed to stop this circus. “Witness, you have no right to give assessments, you must answer questions here!” Answering questions from the side of the victims, the witness admitted that he had been tried for causing grievous bodily harm and rape. “I was sentenced to two years. That was twelve years ago. ”
Then the actor promised to contact the Investigative Committee in order to achieve the initiation of a criminal case against Ponasenkov. Sokolov also expressed his hope. In the process of the murder of Nastya Yeshchenko, who seemed to have been completely forgotten in the heat of the dispute about Ponasenkov, the last witnesses of the defense are awaiting.