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  8/19/2013, Elul 13, 5773

Criminal Russian Oligarch Posed as Jew to Fleece Here


A 42-year-old Russian oligarch, who was suspected of selling apartments to more than 250 Moscow families and running away with 121 million Euros, fled Israel over the weekend, after he found out the police and the Interior Ministry were on his trail, according to Israel Defense Forces Radio. He had used counterfeit documents to pass himself off as a Jew and enter the country, even though he was a Christian, as a reporter for the station and a private investigator found out when they travelled to Russia.

A group of Israelis who came from the former Soviet Union claimed the man continued his criminal ways here, committing different offenses, some of them involving threats. He was here for a few weeks before moving on.