Israel Blocks Russian Oligarch From Parking His Jet at Ben Gurion Airport

Roman Abramovich is target of Western sanctions; Israel says it won’t let him or other oligarchs use the Jewish state

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Russia
Despite being an Israeli citizen, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich doesn't appear to be welcome in the Jewish state at present. 
Despite being an Israeli citizen, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich doesn't appear to be welcome in the Jewish state at present.  Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

The private jet of Russian-Israeli Oligarch Roman Abramovich landed at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on Sunday. A day later it departed.

Abrahamovich, like most other Russian oligarchs, has been targeted by Western sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Unlike most other oligarchs, Abramovich is also a citizen of Israel, which has remained somewhat neutral in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Unable to return to his home in London at this time, Abramovich tried to enter the Jewish state, but seems to have been rebuffed.

A day after landing at Ben Gurion, Abramovich’s jet departed for Istanbul, and today traveled to Moscow.

Israel Foreign Minister Yair Lapid stated this week that despite Jerusalem’s efforts to remain on good terms with both Russia and Ukraine, it would not allow itself to be exploited by oligarchs looking for a haven either for themselves or their assets.

Abramovich, like many Russian oligarchs, has close personal ties to President Vladimir Putin.

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