The majority of people in the Netherlands are opposed to abolishing the monarchy, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. 70 per cent of respondents think the Netherlands should remain a monarchy, while 25 per cent would prefer to establish a republic.
DNA findings ensure monarchy is dead
What matters to the Kremlin is that this announcement means there can be no heirs to the Russian throne.
To be sure, the matter may seem irrelevant given the almost 90 years that have passed since the murder and the fact that Russia's monarchists are hardly a viable political group.
Here's the rub: They don't need to be....
This Kremlin paranoia may seem farfetched if viewed from the United States, with its 200-plus years of democratic tradition.
But in Russia a revolt led by a pretend heir to the throne would have plenty of precedents and would fit right in with Russia's Byzantine politics and the paranoid mind-set of its leaders. Ironically, two such revolts were headed in the early 17th century by Dmity Medvedev's namesakes, Lzhedmitry I and Lzhedmitry II, or False Dmitry I and False Dmitry II.
The Czar's direct descendants may have been wiped out, but there are still Romanovs in the world, and now that the Soviet Union is no more, the proper course is to invite one of them to reclaim his - or her - rightful throne.