280,000 signatures were collected for his dismissal.
The case of a cat that was thrown from a train into the extreme cold and died as a result has sparked public outrage in Russia.
According to local press, Russian State Railways (RZsD) apologized for these stories.
A long search for the cat named Twix began with the participation of hundreds of volunteers, but the cat was found only dead, its owner told the media.
Outraged by the issue, people started a petition on the Change.org platform to expel the conductor who threw the cat from the train. By Sunday afternoon, more than 280,000 signatures had been collected.
According to the RZsD statement, the conductor in question came to the wrong conclusion that Twix was a stray cat who could have boarded the train during its stop in the city of Kirov. The company confirmed that it regrets what happened and will change its procedures in such cases. In the future, stray animals found on the train will be handed over to station staff, who will be tasked with finding the owner or placing the animal in a shelter.
According to the RZsD report, the train conductor asked the passengers of the train heading from Yekaterinburg to St. Petersburg who owned the cat, but no one came forward, so he threw it from the window of one of the cabins, assuming that the owner was. Find it at the nearby station.
It is believed that the real owner was asleep on the train and did not report his cat missing until ten hours after leaving Kirov.
After several days of searching, Twix was found on Saturday morning in the snow about one kilometer from Kirov railway station. It is understood that he recently underwent surgery and did not survive the extreme cold in the snow.
The railway company reminded everyone that pets can only be transported in cages in Russia.