Chelsea owner Abramovich becomes Israeli citizen after problems with United Kingdom visa

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According to the Ynet website, which belongs to Israel's biggest selling daily newspaper, Yedioth Aharonoth, Abramovich flew to Tel Aviv on Monday and received documents confirming his status as an Israeli citizen.

Russia's Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, has been granted Israeli citizenship.

Israel grants citizenship to any Jew wishing to move there, and a passport can be issued immediately.

The country's interior ministry has confirmed Mr Abramovich has gained citizenship there, The Times of Israel reports.

It has been reported that Mr Abramovich would have to explain the source of his wealth to receive a new British visa.

His UK investor visa reportedly expired some weeks ago but the British government has refused to comment on his individual case.

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A source close to Abramovich, who has been counted as one of the richest men in Britain since he bought the English Premier League soccer club in 2003, has declined to comment on a report that he made a flying visit to Tel Aviv in order to obtain Israeli citizenship.

The root cause of his United Kingdom visa complications comes from his refusal to disclose the sources of his income.

Mr. Abramovich also invests in Israeli startups through London-based investment firm Millhouse LLC, whose portfolio includes Spot.IM, quick-charging battery startup StoreDot Ltd., Video monetization company Anyclip Ltd., venture capital firm iAngels Crowd Ltd., children's mobile entertainment startup Kidoz Ltd. and Israeli-linked rideshare firm Via.

Israel passport holders are allowed to enter Britain without a visa for short stays.

According to media reports, Abramovich's British visa has run out and the application process for a new visa has been taking longer than usual.

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