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3rd way: use the ticket refund option
First you buy tickets as indicated in the first paragraph, but before you travel one of them (or even two) surrender. There is a high probability that there will no longer be any applicants for the vacant seat. True, there are several subtleties here.
Firstly, the life hack is relevant only for routes that are not in great demand: if there are many applicants, the place will still be taken. Secondly, when returning a ticket, they will deduct a small, but commission, from you. Thirdly, in order to get most of the amount back, the ticket must be returned no later than 8 hours before departure. Fourth, do not forget about the non-refundable tariff.
If you take into account all these subtleties, then most likely you will go in a compartment without unnecessary neighbors.
Disadvantages of the method
The scheme does not work with long routes (the returned ticket is likely to be purchased by a person who sits at another station). In addition, it is better not to abuse this method: if you do this too often, theoretically, Russian Railways may have questions for such unstable passengers.
Riding by train: lower-shelf passengers have much more rights: