Israel's Law of Return gives every Jew, or child or grandchild of a Jew, the right to Israeli citizenship on demand. The move coincides with a delayed renewal of his United Kingdom visa, which some view as part of a crackdown on wealthy Russians.
"Roman Abramovich arrived at the Israeli embassy in Moscow like any other person".
The Chelsea owner, who was previously a resident of Jersey in the Channel Islands, will be eligible for 10 years of tax-free status in Israel, during which time he will not need to declare the source of his income.
According to the newspaper, the businessman will live in a manor in Tel-Aviv's prestigious neighborhood Neve Tsedek he bought from Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.
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Abramovich's British visa expired last month.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich applauds after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge in London, August 18, 2013.
The delay in issuing him a new one comes amid increased diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in southern England. The newspaper also reports that he is now Israel's richest citizen. Several Russian diplomats were expelled following the incident. He has owned the team since 2003 and has been present at almost every game, until his visa problems began.
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