Israeli Holocaust Museum Suspends Ties with Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Israel suspended ties with Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, following new sanctions imposed upon him amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“In light of recent developments, Yad Vashem has decided to suspend the strategic partnership with Mr. Roman Abramovich,” the museum announced on March 10 in a brief statement.

The suspension came weeks after the museum announced “a new long-term strategic partnership” with Abramovich who pledged an “eight-digit donation” for Holocaust research and remembrance.

Yad Vashem faced criticism after The Washington Post reported last week that the museum joined Chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Israel David Lau and Sheba Medical Centre Director General Yitshak Kreiss in urging the United States not to impose sanctions on Abramobich.

Although museum spokesperson Simmy Allen did not confirm that Ambramovich was mentioned, he told AFP News that Yad Vashem had signed a letter to U.S. ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides “to increase US awareness of the potentially negative consequences of possible economic sanctions in the future upon important causes shared by the US and its ally Israel.”

Abramovich is Jewish and holds an Israeli citizenship. He is also a major donor to causes in Israel.

Earlier on March 10, the United Kingdom sanctioned Abramovich, freezing his assets and banning him from traveling to the U.K.

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