But that counts for every French Comte, every Austrian Erzherzog, every German Freiherr and every Italian Marchese. In all these countries everyone is aware of their existence and yes, their titles are used in social context. No difference for that for a German Prince or a Russian Grand-Duke. The fact that Maria Vadimirovna Romanova and her son Georg/Georgy is received by Putin, by the Pope, is invited for royal, noble and other events already shows that they have a special position in society. That the Communist successor of the Russian tsarist empire decided to eliminate the aristocracy does not mean that the descendants of these often centuries old dynasties are no royals or aristocrats anymore.