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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Foul Mouth is Costly for Official

An Altai region court has ordered a local official to resign and pay a total of 42,000 rubles, or around $1,650, in damages and fines after swearing at a subordinate, local prosecutors said Tuesday.

Alexander Pernai, the head of the Kalmansky district administration, was ordered to pay 15,000 rubles in moral damages to Village Council head Vladimir Nikiforov for calling him "a farm animal whose name has an obviously insulting character," prosecutors were quoted by Gazeta.ru as saying.

While criticizing Nikiforov's management of residential services, Pernai called him a kozyol. The word -- literally "goat" -- is a profane epithet in Russian.

Pernai made the statements at a monthly meeting of federal and Kalmansky district officials in December. There were 50 people in attendance, including administration employees and local school directors.

Valery Ziyastinov, a spokesman for the Altai Region Prosecutor's Office, said by telephone Tuesday that Pernai had addressed a number of other derogatory terms at Nikiforov. He added that the prosecutors did not want to provide further details of the language.

A magistrate at Altai's Topchikhinsky District Court ruled that Pernai had violated the Criminal Code by insulting "a representative of the executive branch in the discharge of his functions," which carries a maximum fine of 40,000 rubles or a sentence of up to one year of correctional labor.

Beside the damages to Nikiforov, Pernai was ordered to pay a 20,000 ruble fine and 7,200 rubles in court costs, a statement on the Altai prosecutors' web site said.

A spokeswoman for the Topchikhinsky District Court said that, barring a successful appeal of the ruling by Pernai, he will be removed from office by the Kalmansky District Assembly.