Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Portugal changes law that allowed Russian oligarch Abramovich to obtain citizenship

Portugal has changed a law that grants citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews and that allowed Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich to obtain Portuguese nationality.

However, the change will not be retroactive, so it will not impact the citizenship of long-time Chelsea Football Club owner Abramovich, one of the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the EU and the U.K. after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Abramovich was given Portuguese citizenship in April last year under a law that offered naturalization to descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Portugal about 500 years ago during the inquisition.

The government has now approved a new decree meaning that people applying must prove effective connection to Portugal, newspaper Publico reported Wednesday, such as the inheritance of a property in Portugal or regular visits to the country. It is not clear yet when the changes will kick in.

Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told reporters that Portugal would implement EU sanctions against Abramovich, but could not ban him from entering the country as he is a citizen.

A rabbi who helped the Russian billionaire obtain his Portuguese citizenship has been forbidden to leave the country and is being investigated.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like


Russian oil deliveries through the southern Druzhba pipeline servicing Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have been halted since August 4, Russian supplier Transneft...


Estonia today joined Finland and Latvia in urging the EU to close its borders to Russian travelers, echoing a call from Ukrainian President Volodymyr...


China has used U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as a pretext to prepare for an invasion of the self-ruled territory, Taipei’s...

Foreign Policy

James Snell is a widely published writer and a senior advisor on Special Initiatives at the New Lines Institute. Just last month, there stood...


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday called for the West to ban all Russian travelers, aiming to push allied leaders into exerting more pressure...


A Lebanon-based buyer rejected the first grain shipment out of Ukraine via the Black Sea, according to the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon. “According to...


Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder will not be kicked out of the Social Democrats (SPD), despite his business links to Russian energy companies and...


Press play to listen to this article Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted most of the EU to wake up to the danger of depending...