" In October there were the nobility elections in the Kashin province where Vronsky’s Sviazhsky’s, Koznyshev’s, and Oblonsky’s estates were, as well as a small area of Levin’s. "
A noble woman
The Russian nobility ruled the country up to the October 1917 revolution. Elections were for this class alone, and not the common men. The class was divided into three: Princes, Counts and Barons. Tolstoy himself was a member of the nobility, the class whose mannerisms he understood and describes so well.