Portugal changed its law granting citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews and that allowed Russian financier Roman Abramovich to have Portuguese citizenship.
However, this change will not take effect retroactively, so it will not affect the citizenship of longtime owner of Chelsea Football Club, Abramovich, one of the Russian tycoons banned by the EU. and British sanctions after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Abramovich gets Portuguese citizenship in April last year under the law allowing naturalization for the descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Portugal some 500 years ago during the heresy trial.
The government has now passed a new decree which means applicants must be able to demonstrate validity connected with Portugal, newspaper Publico report Fourth, such as inheriting property in Portugal or regularly visiting the country. It is not yet clear when the changes will take effect.
Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told reporters that Portugal will implement EU sanctions on Abramovich, but cannot ban him from entering the country because he is a citizen.
A rabbi who helped a Russian billionaire get Portuguese citizenship has been banned ban left the country and is under investigation.
https://www.politico.eu/article/portugal-restricts-law-that-allowed-russia-oligarch-abramovich-to-obtain-citizenship/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication Portugal changes the law allowing Russian tycoon Abramovich to have citizenship - POLITICO