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- Apr 18, 2013
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Portuguese Rabbi Detained Over Naturalization Of Russian Tycoon Abramovich
Portuguese prosecutors have detained a rabbi over the naturalization of a number of Jewish people, including Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea football club who was put on the United Kingdom’s sanctions list in response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
Portuguese prosecutors have detained a rabbi over the naturalization of a number of Jewish people, including Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea football club who was put on the United Kingdom’s sanctions list in response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Abramovich has been disqualified as a director of Chelsea by the Premier League board due to his designation. Portuguese prosecutors said late on March 11 that the leader of the Jewish community in the northern city of Porto, Daniel Litvak, was detained as part of their investigation into possible cases of "influence peddling, active corruption, falsification of documents, money laundering, or even tax evasion." Media reports said Litvak was arrested a day earlier while he was getting ready to leave the country for Israel. He is scheduled to appear before a judge on March 12, who will decide what measures to impose on him.
Portuguese prosecutors had said in January that they were investigating the naturalization of Abramovich, who was granted Portuguese citizenship in April 2021. The decision to naturalize Abramovich was based on a certificate confirming that he is a descendant of Sephardic Jews issued by Porto's Jewish community. The owner of European champions Chelsea, who sit third in the English Premier League, benefited from a law passed by Portugal in 2013 allowing all descendants of Sephardic Jews, persecuted and expelled at the end of the 15th century, to obtain Portuguese nationality. A certificate attesting to his descent was issued by the Jewish Community of the city of Porto in northern Portugal.
Of course I don't know Rabbi Litvak in Portugal, but it seems odd that he would have Jewish religious documents concerning the oligarch Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich.
Having lost both parents before the age of 4, Abramovich was raised by relatives and spent much of his youth in the Komi Republic in northern Russia. His maternal grandparents hailed from Ukraine.