The historian, 63, was then admitted to the hospital for hypothermia, but today he was transferred to a police station for interrogation. His lawyer, Alexander Pochuev, the local media added, reported that Sokolov signed a guilty plea. The teacher admitted he was the author of the murder.
The lecturer was also a member of the scientific council of ISSEP, the political school of the former French deputy Marion Marechal (nephew of Marine Le Pen) in Lyon, an "immediately revoked" assignment. In front of his curriculum, "we could not imagine that he could commit this hateful act", the Institute commented in a statement, "expressing its condolences and support for the victim's family". Some university students where Sokolov taught denounce that the authorities ignored the teacher's aggressive behavior. The Russian media recalled that in 2008 the scholar had already beaten and threatened a woman with death.