Another monarchist group is also mentioned: the supporters of 'another contender, 13-year-old Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich'. The youth may be a contender, one among many others, but it must be remembered that, being the son of a Hohenzollern father and a Romanoff mother, he is really a Hohenzollern prince Georg, and not a Romanoff, whatever his identity papers may show.
The male members of the Romanoff family are neither contenders nor pretenders to the throne of Russia. I have often explained that I personally have no claims, and while I am not a pretender, I am proud to be the present head of the Romanoff family. I and my relatives are in complete agreement that the question of the return of monarchy in Russia is, to say the least, premature, in a country facing problems of extreme complexity.
To lead Russia in times of uneasy transition from a state economy to a free-market society, a democratically elected head of state is needed and must be as strong as possible and with most ample powers. Russia at present does not need a figurehead ruler.
Should ever the Russian people decide to examine the possibility of a monarchy in Russia, the Romanoffs will have to be heard, and may not necessarily be in favour of a return to the past.
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