Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich 'granted Israeli citizenship'

Marsha Scott
May 29, 2018

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has flown to Israel in order to seek citizenship amid ongoing delays in the process of renewing his United Kingdom visa, the country's interior ministry confirmed.

Roman Abramovich, the owner of England's Chelsea soccer club sits, watches the Euro 2008 group E qualifying soccer match Israel vs Russian Federation at the Ramat Gan stadium outside Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007.

The Ynet website that belongs to Israel's biggest-selling daily, Yedioth Aharonoth, said Abramovich, who is Jewish, jetted into Tel Aviv on Monday and had received documents confirming his status as an Israeli citizen.

Another official told Channel 10 News that Mr Abramovich submitted a citizenship request "like any other person" with Israel's Moscow embassy and was accepted.

A spokesman for Mr Abramovich also declined to comment on the claims. He subsequently flew to Israel, the Ministry of Interior confirmed.

Amid a spiraling 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.

Joe Skipper  Reuters                   Abramovich's little boat
Joe Skipper Reuters Abramovich's little boat

Mr Abramovich is now in Tel Aviv but a spokesman would not comment on media reports that his citizenship had been granted.

Israeli passport holders can enter Britain without a visa for short stays, although they require visas to work there.

Worth an estimated £9.3 billion, according to the Sunday Times, Abramovich would become the richest person in Israel and would be exempt from the country's taxes on income earned overseas for 10 years, as well as not being required to declare the source of that income.

Mr Abramovich has been a regular visitor to Israel and Ynet said he had bought a property that was formerly a hotel.

He has own Chelsea football club since 2003.

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