Chelsea owner Abramovich becomes Israeli citizen

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 pounds ( $ 12. 5 billion) on its Rich List this year . He has owned Chelsea since 2003 .

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