The Russian nobles were feudal lords with full powers over all the families who inhabited their lands. During the long winters, when food was scarce and hunger threatened the survival of all, they would stay in their comfortable and heated palaces. The noble families spent months of tedious parties and endless drunkenness, without being able to leave during the snowstorms. One of the diversions was to bring the children of the servants, or the orphaned children, to torture and whip them for no reason or justification. Seeing a child being whipped, crying and sobbing in pain, hearing their moans and supplications is delicious.
The whole noble family could have fun with the scene. Curiously observe the effect of each type of whip, as each blow marks the boy's thin, delicate white skin.
The maid and servants help to tie and beat the young man without showing any mercy.
The boys chosen to entertain the parties do not complain.
Their families do not protest, they accept that the right of their masters is unlimited.