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The name was given because this layered salad, after decorating, looks like an ancient "boyarin" cup. "Boyarin" means a most powerful duke or other highest noble, who decided, together with the Russian Tsar, most important political and economical tasks.
Traditionally, they sat in the a "Duma", the place where they congregated at and discoursed with the Tsar.
Ingredients for 4:
2 lb potatoes
1 lb boiled beef or chicken fillet
2-3 large shallot onions
1 can (about 1 ½ lb) salt mushrooms
5 hard-boiled eggs