They stop in a village to get someone to guide them further on their way, and Ivan Susanin, a village elder, takes the responsibility. But instead of leading them to Moscow, he leads them into the woods and intentionally gets them lost.
As a snow storm closes in around them, the Polish soldiers realize they’ve been tricked. They kill Susanin, but they themselves die, lost in the storm. Without the extra troops, the Polish army in Moscow has to give up. The city is liberated, the new Romanov dynasty is saved, the Time of Troubles is brought to an end, and on stage at the Bolshoi Opera, the new tsar rides out of the Archangel gate of the Kremlin on an honest to goodness, live, white horse.
For a Russian, anyone who leads you the wrong way is a “Susanin.” Keep that in mind.
|2nd-floor balcony outside hotel rooms,|
overlooking the hotel atrium
|Sitting area outside 2nd-floor rooms|
|Ornament on the Writers' Union building|
|The Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba|