Hearing of the case of dismemberment historian Oleg Sokolov continues in St. Petersburg. Among other things, at the meeting, the size of his salary as an associate professor at St. Petersburg State University was named – 17,566 rubles. The court also read out the testimony of the parents of the murdered girl – they are not morally ready to give them personally, like Yeshchenko’s brother Sergei. Meanwhile, Sokolov himself has filed a lawsuit over a film that tells about his previous victim – a friend whom he beat up.
In court, the expert examination of the case was announced – in particular, the experts established that Sokolov had shot Yeshchenko four times.
Then, from the terrible details of the crime, the court moved on to more calm topics – the personality of the historian. The judge read out Sokolov’s employment contract with St. Petersburg University (which, by the way, was valid until the summer of 2021), where the assistant professor had worked since 2008. His salary was announced in court: 17 566 per one rate. And this is the author of nine scientific publications with tens of years of teaching experience, who published scientific works and monographs.
Of course, the historian had other sources of income, but against the background of such figures, the information that Nastya Yeshchenko, whom Sokolov was about to marry, was not supported by him, but by her parents, no longer looks absurd.
Then, in court, they read out the testimony of Nastya’s parents, which they gave at the stage of preliminary investigation – they are not morally ready for new interrogations in court.
During the interrogation, the girl’s mother, Galina Yeshchenko, also said: “I have a daughter” – in the present tense. Mother told how Nastya graduated with honors from the village school, then entered the history department of St. Petersburg State University – and then she was interested in the history of ancient times, and not the Napoleonic era. She defended her graduate work in the magistracy already at the department of Sokolov – modern and contemporary history. “Anastasia was always interested in history, she knew English and French perfectly, went to France to work in archives with original documents. In her studies, Anastasia defended her master’s work with Sokolov, helped in the preparation of scientific conferences, articles. Sokolov took part in the balls of reenactors, Anastasia helped to organize them ”.
The girl did not introduce her parents to Sokolov, but she said that she had a close relationship with the historian, and he invited Nastya to marry him. “She was still thinking about it,” said the mother.
The girl continued to live in the hostel for a long time, Galina Yeschenko was aware of this. Later, Nastya often called her mother with questions about how to cook this or that dish – obviously for Sokolov. “We wanted to come to St. Petersburg on November 13, 2019, to check into a hotel,” the mother continued. – We wanted to visit Nastya and meet Sokolov. And on November 9, after four o’clock in the afternoon, a relative living in the Leningrad region called Oleg and Galina Yeshchenko and said that all the media were writing about a terrible crime. Parents came to St. Petersburg – but for a terrible reason.
Sokolov himself seems to have got used to the court and is feeling more and more confident. For example, he filed a lawsuit over the movie “Ball Invitation. Victims of Russian Napoleon ”, which appeared on one of the pay TV platforms. The plot told, among other things, about his previous victim – a girl whom he beat in 2008 and who survived.
Sokolov demands to recognize the information from the film “untrue, discrediting honor, dignity and business reputation.” As compensation, he asks for a symbolic thousand rubles and the collection of court costs. Obviously, it is the reputation for Sokolov and his defense that is more important. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for mid-September.