The Romanov family’s extraordinary return would not threaten the rule of the Kremlin strongman but would aim to give them a role in unifying Russia.
The move proposed by Vladimir Petrov, a law maker from Putin’s party, has prompted speculation that it has the Russian leader’s direct approval.
Petrov also plans to introduce a law, which would be implemented by the centenary of the end of Imperial rule, which would “give the Royal family members a special status” and “stimulate their return to Russia”.
The legislator has written letters to the heirs of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled the country for two centuries before the abdication of last Tsar Nicholas II ahead of two revolutions in 1917.
Tsar Nicholas II surrounded by his family who were all believed killed in the Russian revolution
The following year the Romanov family – Nicholas and his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei – were executed by Bolsheviks led by Yakov Yurovsky under the orders of the Ural Soviet.
Petrov has written to Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Prince Dimitri Romanovich urging them to return to Russia to become symbols of national culture in order to “revive the spiritual power of Russian people”.
The leaked letter read: “Throughout the history of its reign, the Imperial dynasty of the Romanovs was one of the pillars of Russia’s sovereignty.”
The country now “goes through a difficult process of restoring the country’s greatness and returning its global influence” and “members of the Romanov House cannot stay aloof from the processes taking place in Russia now at such an important historical moment”.
Tsar Nicholas II with his cousin King George V
Throughout the history of its reign, the Imperial dynasty of the Romanovs was one of the pillars of Russia’s sovereignty
“The Royal family descendants might play an important symbolic role in Russian society.
“Like in many European countries, Romanovs might become a symbol of preserving traditions and national culture.”
The royals would be returned to one of the great Romanov palaces including Ropshinsky or Pavlovsky, near St Petersburg, or the grand Livadia Palace in Crimea, annexed by Putin from Ukraine last year.