Initially, the historical plot served as a pretext for creating the work. Peter the Great, being in the Sich, saw a Cossack who had drunk everything except his sap and a cross under his neck! Saw all but honor. This shocked him so much that he even made a seal for himself where a naked Cossack with a sword and a cross sat on a barrel of wine. The Cossack did not work, for the material was dictated, another plot .. But it turned out to be a kind cheerful Makhnovist. Experienced warrior and reveler.