I will post again about this topic, but I need to do some researching first.
Here is bulletproofjewel's response to the question “If the russians wanted a tsar again, who is first in line for the throne?”
"Oh, if only we could dream.
There is not one descendant of an Emperor or Grand Duke alive today that is eligible by the Pauline Laws to be Emperor (if a title did exist). At the moment, there’s a family war going on amongst the descendants as to whom is rightfully first in succession.
The Pauline Laws, laid down by Tsar Paul I in 1797, states Emperors, Grand Duchesses and Grand Dukes MUST marry someone of equal rank. This included Princes and Princesses until the bloodlines begun to get a little to close to inbreeding, and Nicholas II changed this in 1911. Also, it was strictly male-succession; females could only inherit if there were NO OTHER MALErelatives alive or eligible.
Let’s consider the two claimants we have today.
1. Maria Vladimirovna.
She is the granddaughter of the Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich, who proclaimed himself Emperor in the 1920’s, but was never crowned nor approved by the government (for obvious reasons), the people or one half of the family. He married against the Tsar’s wishes to a divorcee, the Grand Duchess Victoria Melita (formally of Hesse, and formally a Princess of Edinburgh), and was banished for a few years, until it became evident the line of succession would be much too close to him if the Tsarevich Alexei were to die (this was during the Spala incident of 1912). Nicholas reinstated his title and position, but Cyril did some shady acts during the Revolution, e.g., siding with the Provisional Government against his own family. Anyways, Maria’s claim comes from the fact Cyril was in fact first in line after the deaths of Nicholas and his brother Michael in 1918. BUT, because of his marriage to Ducky, he had broken the rules. So technically his son Vladimir, Maria’s father, didn’t have the right to claim either. After Cyril, it would have been his brother Boris, but he too had unequal marriage, as did the third brother Andrei. After the Vladimirovichi were excluded, the next in line was Dmitri Pavlovich, after the death of his father, but he married morganatically also.
2. Nicholas Romanovich
Nicholas is the grandson of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich. The Grand Duke Peter also broke the Pauline Laws by marrying a divorcee, although this was approved by Nicholas II, who initially had a good relationship with his wife and sister-in-law. Peter’s son Roman, Nicholas Romanovich’s father married in exile Countess Praskovia Sheremeteva. One could argue this was unequal, but according to records, the Sheremeteva family were descendants of the earliest Romanovs; still royal. Nonetheless, the Pauline laws were also broken in the second generation. Nicholas Romanovich and his brother Dmitri are first and second in line according to the Romanov Family Association (a large organization of Romanov descendants).
I’m so sorry I made this soooooo long, but this is as basic as I could put it. Whether you’re pro-Nicholas or pro-Maria, there’s not an actual Pauline law-abiding claimant left.
(Almost all members of the RFA are grandchildren or great-grandchildren of Romanovs. Each dynastic member holds the title Prince or Princess, as the title (held by Maria Vladimirovna) Grand Duchess, or Duke, is no longer appropriate.”
I tried to simply reblog this post onto this blog, but it wouldn’t let me reblog an ask. (hence the copy and pasting)