Ilya is pushing his Citroen --a 1949 Big 6 -- backwards up a hill, towards a Russian citadel. But why is he pushing on the outside edge of the tyre, rather than pushing on the car body?
This dragon has cues to favour a solution
encoded in the text like the clues in a cryptic crossword.
But why would Ilya push his French engineering masterpiece backwards ? Is it a lemon ?
Further clues are uncovered, one by one,
on the following graphic,
which shows a formalised Citroen with a single square wheel.
(Click on the graphic if it does not alter.)
This graphic is (C) Harvey A. Cohen, 2002 and its reproduction
for any commercial purpose is forbidden.