Businessman Polonsky submits documents to Israeli Interior Ministry to gain citizenship - statement

Businessman Sergei Polonsky has submitted documents to obtain Israeli citizenship, Polonsky's press service said on LiveJournal.

Businessman Sergei Polonsky has submitted documents to obtain Israeli citizenship, Polonsky's press service said on LiveJournal.

"Businessman Sergei Yuryevich Polonsky officially reports that he is in the process of obtaining citizenship of the State of Israel. To start the relevant official procedure, the full package of the necessary documents has been submitted to the Israeli Interior Ministry, which this agency has accepted for processing," it said.

Polonsky is absolutely eligible for being granted Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, by which over 1 million people from the former USSR have been granted Israeli citizenship, it said.

The businessman is not planning to relinquish his Russian citizenship, it said.

Lawyer Diana Totosova representing Polonsky told Interfax in June that the businessman, charged with fraud in absentia in Russia, was collecting the necessary documents to apply for Israeli citizenship.

Totosova said Polonsky wanted to gain Israeli citizenship because he believed Russia failed to intervene when he was detained in a Cambodian prison. "When Polonsky was in prison in Cambodia, Russia showed utter inactivity and did nothing to help him," Totosova said.

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