Members of the Russian Imperial Family have recognised President Putin as Russia’s legitimate leader and congratulated him on his victory after last week’s presidential election. A statement has also been sent out from the Royal Court of the Imperial Family with the family’s message addressed to President Putin.
The official statement from Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia:
From the head of the Russian Imperial House
To the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Your Excellency, dear Vladimir!
Me and my son, Grand Duke George, congratulate you on your reelection as President of the Russian Federation. We wish you God’s help to bear the heavy burden of power.
May God give you wisdom and strength to preserve all that prosperity and glory for modern Russia, to find the right solutions to improve the living conditions of our countrymen, to alleviate suffering and overcome difficulties, to guarantee our inner and outer world peace, to give indivisibility support to historical traditions.
Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
Grand Duchess Maria is a dedicated advocate for the Russian monarchy and hopes for the restoration of the monarchy someday. She has said that she is “ready to respond to a call from the people”. When questioned about the ongoing rift among Romanov descendants, Maria said: “Attempts to disparage my rights have originated with people who, firstly, do not belong to the Imperial Family, and, secondly, either do not themselves know the relevant laws or think that others do not know these laws.”
The Russian presidential elections were held in Russia on 18 March 2018. Current President Vladimir Putin won for his second consecutive term in office with 77% of the vote. Western reaction to the election result was predominantly muted as the election came at a time of heightened tensions between the West and Russia due to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the ongoing U.S. investigation of the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and a series of other issues.