A source near Roman Abramovich has refused to comment on a report that he has made a flight visit to Tel Aviv to obtain Israeli citizenship.
A Russian newspaper in the country said the 51-year-old tycoon was on the ground at Ben Gurion airport for about three hours after arriving by private jet.
"He was issued a certificate from a new returnee (Teudat Oleh) and an identity card (Teudat Zehut)," Vesty reported.
He then went on to "open a bank account and take out health insurance"
"In total, Abramovich spent about three hours in Israel," the report said. "He then flew away with his plane, the direction unspecified."
The story was overwritten: "Roman Abramovich has become a new immigrant to Israel."
The processing of Abramovich's British visa caused a delay in the government's crackdown on Russian applications of the aftermath of the Sergei-Skripal-Nervenkampftruppe, which was accused by Theresa May of Moscow.
He was unable to travel to the UK to watch Chelsea win the FA Cup final this month.
Last week's reports indicated that Abramovich was expected to apply for citizenship in Israel, but he did not arrive. It is understood that the Tycoon considers such matters to be personal.
There was no confirmation or denial today on the Vesty story by a co-worker.
Abramovich is a Russian citizen and is known to have Jewish ancestry on his paternal side. 19659016] Roman Abramovich observes a Chelsea match
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His grandfather died, after being banished to Siberia, his grandmother – who was forced eastward thousands of miles after Stalin's immigration to her Lithuanian homeland – helped take care of him after he was orphaned.
According to a law passed last year, persons accepting Israeli citizenship can receive documents upon arrival in the country. instead of waiting a year.
Abramovich is known to possess property in Israel. He also has business interests in the country. And he is a huge donor to Jewish organizations.
The Kremlin refused to comment on reports last week, saying Abramovich was looking for Israeli citizenship.