Danger onboard a Russian train, or just free electricity?

In the hallway of a Russian sleeping train I found this ominous looking sign beside the electrical outlet. Am I allowed to touch it? Is it just for electric shavers? And will it blow up my phone charger if I plug it in?

Power point onboard our Russian sleeping carriage - the ominous looking notice pretty much reads "DEAR PASSENGERS - FREE TO USE!"

However for someone who actually understands Russian, the message is very different – here it is translated into English.


To recharge the mobile phone, you can use sockets, placed in the car, free of charge.

Permission to connect no more than one charger per outlet. Please note that the power outlet was designed for for electric shavers, ie: mobile phone may be damaged. Connection of foreign devices to the outlet (notebook, DVD, etc.) is prohibited.

TU of JSC “Russian Railways» No “292 of 23.06.09.

The train crew take no responsibility for the safety and serviceability of any device.


Here is a closer look at the sign.

And the Russian text itself.


Для подзарядки мобильных телефонов вы можете воспользоваться розетками, размещёнными в вагоне, БЕСПЛАТНО.

Разрешается подключение зарядного устройства не более одного к Одной розетке. Обращаем ваше внимание, что проектная документация электросети предусматривает её использование для электробритв, то есть ПОДКЛЮЧЕНИЕ МОБИЛЬНОГО ТЕЛЕФОНА, МОЖЕТ ПРИВЕСТИ К ЕГО ПОВРЕЖДЕНИЮ. ЗАПРЕЩЕНО ПОДКЛЮЧЕНИЕ К ЭЛЕКТРОСЕТИ ВАГОНА ПОСТОРОННИХ ЭЛЕКТРОПОТРЕБИТЕЛЕЙ (НОУТБУКИ, DVD и т.д.)

ТУ из ОАО «РЖД» No “292 от 23.06.09 г. Поездная бригада ответственности за сохранность и исправность телефона не несёт.

Feel free to correct my translation – my Russian language knowledge only extends as far as Google Translate.

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