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As for hypocrisy. If the current rules of succession in the UK would have been applied from say George I the current Queen would never have been the monarch. Does that mean that altering the UK succession to gender neutral is hypocritical as well?
You're missing the point, which I've stressed elsewhere: the British royals were and are reigning dynasty. Succession by the order of male-preferred primogeniture was the law of the land until 2013, when it changed to fully cognatic primogeniture.
The said change was perfectly legitimate, since an enthroned house is entitled to change its succession laws on any terms -- making it retroactive, if necessary, and without any consideration for consistency with past traditions. We have seen this in a number of other reigning dynasties of Europe.
Russia is different: I'm not saying anything against change per se. What I'm speaking out against is an attempt to change something that's closed -- in this case, the Fundamental Laws (in force until the Revolution, when the imperial house was deposed). The fact is that unless the Romanov imperial dynasty were enthroned, there is simply no way to change the said laws.
The descendants of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich could claim only just that: genealogical ties to the Russian emperors -- but no succession rights or claim to dynastic representation.
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