Russian oligarchs’ citizenship bids face scrutiny in Portugal

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By Catarina Demony LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal is analysing the citizenship applications of two Russian oligarchs – one of whom is under U.S. sanctions, the government said late on Friday, as a law granting passports to descendants of Sephardic Jews faces growing scrutiny. Russian-Israeli diamond oligarch Lev Leviev and Russian property developer God Nisanov are the latest high-profile Russians known to have applied for citizenship under the legislation. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last month that Nisanov, who was hit by sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was “on…

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