Tributes paid to Russian Alex: ‘a quiet, warm and friendly man’

TRIBUTES have been paid to murdered Alexandre Sokolnikov who died when he was stabbed in the heart.

The 38-year-old, known as Russian Alex, had been in Eastbourne for 14 years and spent the majority of those sleeping rough on the town’s streets.

He was a familiar face at the Salvation Army Rebourne Centre in Langney Road and the Oasis Christian Outreach Centre in Seaside.

This week Pauline Peagam at the Rebourne Centre said all his friends at the Salvation Army were devastated at his murder.

Pauline said Alex was at Rebourne Corner most days from 10am to 4pm and at the evening meals, served to homeless and vulnerable people twice a week.

She said, “He was a quiet man who liked to keep to himself but once you got to know him he was warm and friendly with a great sense of humour.

“He very much liked to fend for himself and always made himself available to help as and when needed. He took every opportunity offered to him to work and had many small jobs around the town and in the community.

“Although he did not have a lot, he was always willing to give what little he had to another person in need and because of this and his quiet caring attitude he made many friends with clients, volunteers and staff.

“He was proud to be Russian and passionate about his family back home and often spoke of his daughter and his hopes and plans for the future.

“Alex is missed and we hope that he has now found in death, everything he strived for in life.”