This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 17 October, 2019
Advertisement

Chelsea owner Abramovich becomes Israeli citizen - report

The country’s Law of Return gives every Jew, or child or grandchild of a Jew, the right to Israeli citizenship on demand.

Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, centre (file pic).
Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, centre (file pic).
Image: AP/PA Images

RUSSIAN JEWISH BILLIONAIRE and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich arrived in Israel on Monday after receiving citizenship of the Jewish state, local Channel 10 television reported.

“He landed today in his private aircraft at (Tel Aviv’s) Ben Gurion airport and was presented with an Israeli identity card,” the commercially-owned station said on its evening newscast.

An official at Nativ, a department of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office dealing with Jewish communities in the ex-Soviet Union, said Abramovich had applied for an immigration visa at Israel’s embassy in Moscow, the station said earlier on its website.

“His documents were examined under the ‘Law of Return’ and he was indeed entitled to immigrant status in Israel, and as a result he was issued an immigration visa,” it added.

Spokesmen for Netanyahu’s office contacted by AFP did not confirm or deny the report.

Israel’s Law of Return gives every Jew, or child or grandchild of a Jew, the right to Israeli citizenship on demand.

According to media reports, Abramovich’s British visa has run out and the application process for a new visa has been taking longer than usual.

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.

Abramovich formally has residency in Jersey in the Channel Islands, a tax haven, but has never taken it up.

The Sunday Times put his wealth at £9.3 billion on its Rich List this year. He has owned Chelsea since 2003.

The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

Sevilla pluck new coach from Girona after excellent first season in La Liga>

A nation holds its breath as Mo Salah travels to Spain for treatment>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS (9)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel