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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Nov 2019 5:58 p.m. PST

Russian military historian, 63, is arrested on suspicion of murder after he was dragged from icy river with the severed arms of his 24-year-old 'student lover' in his backpack before her head was found in his flat…


Perris070709 Nov 2019 7:44 p.m. PST

Wonder if he will conduct lectures in prison.

Marcel180910 Nov 2019 1:16 a.m. PST

Met him several times in the early nineties, quite an odd character, never thought he would commit murder. Have couple of his books on my bookshelves, feels odd.
Crime passionnel apparantly..

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2019 1:32 a.m. PST

Me too, back when he was an ex soviet teacher trying to get his ways into France, publishing etc. He had(has a very serious problem of megalomania, wanting everyone to bow and be his follower. Oleg Sokolov called his guys from his reenactment group his moujiks. Never worked with me, who hardly follow, (maybe myself that why end up in circles;)and I never was an unconditional of the Corsican. He always came every year with a new very young (for him- still got the same ways even now that the gap got to what? 39 years of difference? mad)new female ex-student companion. also as too many Russian males, way too much booze.
A flamboyant strange chap. a very sad way to end. Poor girl, awful stuff.

14Bore10 Nov 2019 3:40 a.m. PST

Terrible story

Cerdic10 Nov 2019 7:39 a.m. PST

I read the thread title and I thought it must have all kicked off big time on the Napoleonics boards…

Eagle7610 Nov 2019 5:45 p.m. PST

Sweetheart of cell block C. Now he might be doing all the bowing.

Historydude1811 Nov 2019 5:36 p.m. PST

Make him write the definitive Wagram and Aspern/Essling book we so badly need while in prison and give out free copies to Napoleonic buffs.

ConnaughtRanger12 Nov 2019 4:55 a.m. PST

Cerdic – I had exactly the same thought. Huge anti-climax.

Marcel180912 Nov 2019 7:53 a.m. PST

it kicked of big time on many national newssites and newspapers, a whole page in several leading Flemish newspapers here in Belgium, then he was a prominent character in the waterloo re enactment events.
He did not publish a lot in English that's why he is maybe less know in the english speaking world unless you are re enactor.

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