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March 24, 2023

Roman Abramovich gains EU citizenship via Portuguese passport

Billionaire owner of Chelsea qualifies under Portugal’s naturalisation scheme for descendants of Sephardic Jews

The billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich has become an EU citizen, three years after withdrawing his application for a UK visa amid diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow.

The surprise development was confirmed on Saturday by his spokesperson, who revealed the Russian-born owner of Chelsea Football Club had secured Portuguese citizenship earlier this year.

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