Another oligarch waits for Portuguese passport

Sephardic Jew amnesty being abused again

Portuguese parliament, which passed an amnesty allowing Russian oligarchs Portuguese nationality
Portuguese parliament in Lisbon

The Portugal Resident reports on yet another situation in which Sephardic Jew amnesty in the country may be being abused by Russian oligarchs.

The website describes how Gavril Yushvaev is the latest Russian oligarch said to be waiting in line for a Portuguese passport on the back of the Sephardic Jew amnesty brought in by Portugal in 2015.

However, “Yushvaev has already been condemned for theft and is being investigated for alleged links to criminal organisations. He is yet another Russian oligarch certified by the Jewish Community of Porto as requesting nationality” (the Jewish Community of Porto having been one of the entities tasked with vetting applicants under this scheme).

Earlier this year serious questions were raised about the Portuguese nationality granted to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich under the same amnesty.

Blog post earlier this year

Público now reports that Gavril Yushvaev, “a Russian billionaire with a criminal record and suspected of links to criminal organizations, has already passed the certification process as a Sephardic Jew and is now waiting to be granted Portuguese nationality”.

After Roman Abramovich and Andrei Rappoport, who are already naturalized, Yushvaev joins  Lev Leviev and God Nisanov in the range of Russian oligarchs who are waiting for the Ministry of Justice to receive their Portuguese passports, having already been certified by the Israeli Community of Porto (CIP) as a descendant of Sephardic Jews.

According to CNN, Yushvaev was born in 1957 in Makhachkala and currently lives in Moscow, with a fortune valued at 1.7 billion euros, according to Forbes. However, despite having become rich thanks to businesses that include real estate, oil and high technology, the oligarch was convicted of theft and spent nine years in a prison camp in 1980.

In 2013, he was mentioned in a report by the Information Directorate of the Special Central Unit 2 of the Spanish Civil Guard for being linked to criminal organizations in Eastern Europe. 

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Gavril Yushvaev partnered with David Yakobashvili, who will also have links to organized crime, at Moscow’s Metelitsa casino and at Trinity car dealership holding, whose first deal, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, in collaboration with the journalist consortium Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, was selling used cars from the US.

Yushvaev also founded the Wimn-Bill-Dann dairy group, one of the largest in Europe, in 1992, and in 2010 he sold his stake to PepsiCo for €1.1 billion. He then reinvested part of this value in European and American tech start-ups, one of them being Lyft, the ride-hailing platform similar to Uber.

CNN concludes that these cases arise as a result of the controversy raised by the naturalization of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, through the regime for descendants of Sephardic Jews, in a process that was certified by the Comunidade Israelita do Porto (CIP), responsible for certifying the vast majority of naturalization applications submitted. for the conservatory services and the Government.

Yushvaev has been certified by the Porto Jewish Community as being a descendant of Sephardic Jews persecuted by Portugal over 500 years ago.

Thanks to PeterA for the link

5 thoughts on “Another oligarch waits for Portuguese passport”

  1. “Yushvaev has been certified by the Porto Jewish Community as being a descendant of Sephardic Jews persecuted by Portugal over 500 years ago.”

    This is what happens when you decide to take on the guilt, real or imagined of those in the past. Rather similar to the colonial argument in the UK. Anyone, and many who didn’t, who’s forbearer’s profited from the the discovery and development of foreign parts is deemed to be guilty of their crimes. Five hundred years ago, different days, different ways.

    Bearing in mind Russia’s age old attitude to the those of the Jewish faith it seems a bit ironic the oligarchs sudden claims. As a matter of interest are any of them practising that newly acquired faith?

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