Question by mary: If their was a ligit heir to thr Russian throne?
if someone claimed and was proven ligitimte to be a desendent of one of the Grand Duchess Irina Alexandrovna [ the neice of Tzar Nickolas ] want would happen? If by the old Imperil law they could be fit ffor the throne could they start a civil war in Russia if enough citizens and politicens backed them? Because the current Russian govermnt isnt good
Answer by la gata de luna
Unfortunately as you stated the current government is not good. It’s Leader has enough power over the military to shut down any possible revolts. In matter of fact the government would most likely find was to discredit any potential claims to the throne.
Answer by Lili
There are tons of Romanov descendants, and there are known descendants of Irina, the daughter of Nicholas II’s sister, Grand Duchess Xenia. Xenia also had six sons, if I’m remembering correctly, and they have BUNCHES of descendants.
One of Irina’s descendants, her granddaughter, gave a DNA sample that helped prove the identity of the Romanov bones in the 1990’s.
There are many other descendants from other branches of the Romanov family, and there are some arguments about which of these has the best claim to the throne, should the monarchy be revived. However, no one is engaging in war, partly because because it is clear that the Russians do not WANT to revive the monarchy.
Nor should they. They have far more important problems to deal with than that.
In any case, no Romanov alive today meets the succession criteria that were in place in 1918, when Tsar Nicholas and his family were assassinated, which means that no one alive today qualifies to be Tsar according to those criteria. That includes Maria Vladimirovna, the pretender mentioned by another poster. Of course, if Russia did revive the monarchy, the Russian people could create new criteria, but they could also decide to name some non-Romanov as Tsar. They would not be compelled to turn to the old imperial family for their monarch.
One book that will help explain all this to you is Robert K Massie’s “The Romanovs: the Final Chapter”. Massie is the historian of Russia who wrote the famed book, “Nicholas and Alexandra”.
By the way, since under the succession criteria, the throne could not pass to or through a woman, none of Xenia’s and Irina’s descendants qualifies as a possible heir.
Answer by Thomas Lascelles
There is no call for the return of the Imperial family. Nothing would happen. There is a legitimate pretender to the Romanov dynasty. Maria Valdimirovna. She is making a lot of noise about it but so far that’s all it is – noise.
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