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Why Israel Became A Safe Haven For Russian Billionaires

Forbes, April 28, 2022


Quite a few billionaires born in Russia have taken advantage of the “Law of Return,” otherwise known as “Aliyah,” which grants automatic entry and passports to any Jew, or anyone who can prove they have at least one Jewish grandparent.

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Mikhail Maratovich Fridman, Ukrainian-born Russian–Israeli businessman, billionaire, and oligarch
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German Borisovich Khan, Ukrainian-Russian oligarch, billionaire, and businessman

According to Forbes’ research, more than 40% of the 111 Russian-born billionaires have at least one other passport (6% have two or more). Nearly half of Russia’s 35 sanctioned billionaires have dual citizenship. An Israeli passport is the most common second passport among Russian-born billionaires. The war in Ukraine has cast some harsh light on Israel’s citizenship program. Three of the most high-profile sanctioned Russian oligarch billionaires are also Israeli citizens: Alfa Bank cofounders Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, and Roman Abramovich. It’s not just billionaires that are looking to Israel. The country seems to be attracting a broad spread of Russia’s wealthier residents.


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Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich, Russian oligarch, businessman, philanthropist and politician.

Israel is attracting ”super wealthy” Russian Jews back to the land. As this Forbes article says “a crackdown on so-called “golden passport” programs in Europe means it’s only going to get more popular among the super-rich looking for a quick escape.” Israel is one of the only ”western” nations not to impose sanctions on Russia. And with the law in Israel of the “right of return” many rich Russians are seeing Israel as one of the few safe havens in the world. This in turn will bring great additional wealth to Israel. This is something we have expected to happen because Ezekiel 38 says that Israel will be rich with “cattle and goods.” This is symbolic language for wealth and riches. It will also infuriate Putin that these Russians have a safe place to live – while has hasn’t…..

To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (Ezekiel 38:12)

These words are the actual thoughts of Gog/Putin himself – he wants to take the wealth and riches that Israel has got…

Andy Walton,

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