Prank in jail: disrupter Sokolov was fascinated by a virtual girl from historian Ponasenkov
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Prank in jail: disrupter Sokolov was fascinated by a virtual girl from historian Ponasenkov

3 December 2020, 14:08Society
The last court session at the trial of the historian Oleg Sokolov, accused of the murder and dismemberment of Anastasia Yeshchenko, ended in a scandal. The witness, whom the defense of the accused insistently asked to be interrogated in court, turned out to be a fictional character.

Ivan Petrovsky

The meeting began with a motion by Oleg Sokolov's lawyers to postpone the meeting in connection with the need to interrogate a new witness who can provide sensational details about the victim of the dismemberment. It was about a certain Zhanna Ruzavina. According to Oleg Sokolov, this woman could prove... the "immorality" of his victim. The message is extraordinary, isn't it? Prior to that, two months ago, Sokolov demanded to summon the parents of the student he had killed and dismembered to court. He insisted that they tell them "how they raised the girl". Earlier, Sokolov's defense presented strange witnesses who said that the victim who died at the hands of Sokolov was allegedly "poorly brought up". And now a new witness appears on the horizon, who supposedly sheds light on the "immorality of the victim". The St. Petersburg State University associate professor rose high in his demands: he threatened to write to Vladimir Putin in court if Zhanna Ruzavina was not brought in as a witness.

However, during the court session it turned out that Zhanna Ruzavina is... historian and publicist Yevgeny Ponasenkov. “On behalf of a certain Zhanna Ruzavina, allegedly a restaurant employee, I wrote a letter to Sokolov in the pre-trial detention center. Zhanna reported that she allegedly saw his victim, Anastasia Yeshchenko, come out of a separate room of the restaurant with me. Intrigued, Sokolov began to answer letters from a woman I had invented. He wrote to the mythical Jeanne that she "charmed" him and that he, having served time, "is ready to become the father of her child". In the last letter, Sokolov went too far. He wrote that Zhanna was “beautiful in soul, and therefore beautiful in body as well”, - Yevgeny Ponasenkov told Novye Izvestia.

A strange revelation from the pre-trial detention center, isn't it? The man, who is accused of murdering and dismembering his female partner, is actually hinting to an unknown woman about an alliance with him. It is worth recalling that Oleg Sokolov, in addition to his criminal affair with Anastasia Yeshchenko, had three wives, from whom he has four children. With two of them, he filed for divorce, but one of Sokolov's marriage turned into a tragedy. “As a French teacher at school, Sokolov had an affair with a student, who a few years later became his wife and gave birth to a child. But soon after that, Sokolov's young wife died, allegedly of brain cancer. Only Sokolov was present at her funeral”, - Yevgeny Ponasenkov told NI.

In fact, the paradoxical story with the summons of the mythical witness to the court shows the level of protection of Oleg Sokolov, who easily takes unverified facts on faith and is going to interrogate non-existent people. As for Sokolov himself, serious questions arise about his professional qualities. After all, the main merit of a historian is the ability to work with sources and verify information. “Sokolov is totally unsuitable for professional work, he does not completely understand source studies - otherwise he would have recognized the “hand of a master”- after all, he is a “specialist” in hands”, - writes historian and publicist Yevgeny Ponasenkov in his Facebook.

This strange trial has long raised questions from both professional lawyers and observers. In fact, the proven case turns into interrogation of false witnesses, blasphemous accusations against the murdered woman, as well as strange threats of the dismemberment to “write to Putin”.

Experts are already building different versions about the reasons for the strange behavior of the murderer from St. Petersburg State University and about the delay in this trial itself. Thus, it is known that the dismemberment Sokolov was for a long time an honorary member of the Russian Military Historical Society (RVIO). As follows from the information on the RVIO website , many politicians and government officials were represented among its honorary members. It is possible that Oleg Sokolov still enjoys the support of influential persons.

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