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Because of Abramovich naturalization: Rabbi arrested in Portugal

Prosecutors in Portugal have stated a rabbi for the time being involved in the naturalization of the Russian Oligarch and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, whose assets were frozen in the UK after the attack of Russia on Ukraine, was involved.

The Chairman of the Jewish community of Porto, Daniel Litvak, was initially taken first in the context of possible cases of “influence, active corruption, counterfeiting of documents, money laundering or even tax evasion”.

It was initiated by the prosecutor in the course of the naturalization process of Jews raids. Local media reported, Litvak had already been arrested on Thursday when he had prepared for a trip to Israel.

It was expected that he is presented on Saturday a magistrate. The investigating authorities had announced in January to examine the naturalization of Abramovich.

He had been awarded Portuguese citizenship in April 2021. The billionaire and owners of the Champions League winner FC Chelsea benefited from a law adopted by Portugal in 2013.

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Thereafter, all the descendants of Sephardic Jews, which persecuted at the end of the 15th century and was expelled by the Iberian Peninsula, allows to apply for Portuguese citizenship. A certificate of the corresponding descent of Abramovich was issued by the Jewish community of the city of Porto.