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Train passenger sues for 'moral suffering'

Sept. 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

KRASNOYARSK, Russia, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Russian court awarded $230 in compensation to a man who complained of "moral suffering" from having to listen to fellow train passengers use profanity.

The plaintiff, whose name was not released, successfully sued commuter rail operator Krasprigorod in a Krasnoyarsk court, claiming "physical and moral suffering" as a result of being stuck for two hours in a train station Oct. 31, 2010, when he was unable to make his way through the crowded station to board his train, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

The man said his "suffering" included trouble breathing, having his feet stepped on, being pushed and having to listen to other passengers cursing.

Court spokeswoman Natalya Mishanina said a judge ruled the railroad operator was culpable because it had failed to provide safe and quality services to the plaintiff, who had originally sought $1,550, but was awarded only $230.

A spokesman for Krasprigorod said the company will pay the amount and will not appeal.

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