Russia. 1980s. Two Soviet boys are growing up together in a communal apartment — a puny geek named Arkady and Ivan, a bully who keeps picking on him. Today, Arkady has become the mayor of the small town where they both live — while Ivan is struggling to keep his lousy job and support his family. Ivan is left with no other option but to beg Arkady for help. The mayor pretends he is willing to give a hand — only to humiliate Ivan in the end. However, when Arkady is suddenly caught taking a bribe, he’s unexpectedly put under house arrest in that old communal apartment of theirs. And it’s bully time again! Because at some point everything comes back around. As the mayor tries to gain back his political power and wealth, he also has to come to grips with his new neighbors — ordinary people who just don’t like corrupt politicians.