‘Refugees’ in Private Jets: Russian Oligarchs Could Reshape Israel's Economy

Among the oligarchs who were sanctioned over ties with Vladimir Putin following the war in Ukraine are a few billionaires who hold Israeli citizenship – or are eligible for it ■ If they now decide to make their home in Israel, they could change the balance of forces in the local economy

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Shuki Sadeh
Shuki Sadeh
Shuki Sadeh
Shuki Sadeh

The images last week of Roman Abramovich at Ben-Gurion International Airport, just before he boarded a plane after a quick visit to Israel, could be a preview of a much larger tale: that in the face of sanctions, Jewish oligarchs close to Russian President Vladimir Putin are flocking to take advantage of their Israeli citizenship, or their right to obtain such citizenship under the Law of Return.

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