My knowledge of this episode of Russian history is a bit thin, and I am not the only one who is a bit unsure about the origins of this set.
So best to put that to one side and enjoy the painting.
The robes flow nicely and are great for painting, though there is a small amount of flash. The figures could be assassins, wizards or tribesmen. Or warrior monks of course.
There is also an artillery set, which is tempting to get.