- Osip, a fervent young Patty member, is confused with Ivan, a Jewish dissident poet.
- Ivan is en route for Siberia and imprisonment, while Osip is travelling there to inspire the residents of Poshlost to heroic efforts.
- Anton, the local Party Secretary, has just returned from a trip to the West with his suitcase loaded with forbidden luxuries, and together with the other local party officials, is thrown into a panic at the prospect of the arrival of a keen Communist.
- Yet in the ensuing hilarious confusion the dissident Ivan achieves quite remarkable results.
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