Myshkin is a historic medieval town in Yaroslavl
Oblast. Its name is translated as "Mouse" in Russian (mysh-мышь). According to a legend in 16th century
Russian prince Fyodor Mstislavsky fell asleep on the banks of the
Volga river. He was awakened by a mouse that crept on his face. At
first he reacted angrily to a small creature, but once he saw a
poisonous snake crawl near him, he realized that the mouse actually
saved his life. So the mouse became the symbol of the new town.