Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich eligible to become Israeli

Aaron Brown
June 1, 2018

Commenting on his new Israeli citizenship, the Kremlin said Mr Abramovich had every right to take it under Israel's "law of return" for Jews. It's understood that a delay in issuing a new one meant he was not in the director's box at Wembley on Saturday to watch his side's 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup.

According to journalists, Abramovich arrived in Israel on may 28, requesting citizenship under the repatriation law.

The Guardian further states that Abramovich recently bought a property in the country and that he is also widely renowned for his charitable works there.

Mr Abramovich, who is Jewish, flew to Tel Aviv on Monday and obtained documents confirming his status as an Israeli citizen, the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Amid a spiralling diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent, there have been calls in Britain for sanctions that would hurt super-rich Russians with homes in London.

His visa for the United Kingdom expired last month, and with more rigorous regulations put in place by the United Kingdom government following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, he elected not to renew it.

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Abramovich's visa troubles first were reported earlier this month by the Russian media outlet The Bell.

Sources in Abramovich's entourage told Russian and worldwide media earlier this month that Abramovich's British visa had run out and his application for a new one was taking longer than usual.

He has a net worth of $11.4 billion, according to Forbes magazine, and is now the wealthiest Israeli, as well as the 126th wealthiest individual in the world, and the 11th richest person in Russian Federation, A7 News reported.

Abramovich owns a former hotel in Tel Aviv, close to the Mediterranean coast, and is a regular visitor to Israel.

Abramovich served as governor of Russia's remote Chukotka from 2000 to 2008 and pumped in millions of dollars to develop the remote region.

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