To Russia, with lawyers

Oy, Arkadi, make up your mind!

After failing to win over hearts with his purchase of Jerusalem’s main soccer club and his abysmal showing in the mayoral race, Russian-French-Israeli billionaire Arkadi Gaydamak has run off to Russia and is now seeking to renounce his Israeli citizenship in favor of the Russian citizenship he gave up in order to make aliya some 30 years ago. Why the change of heart? Because Russia has no extradition agreement with France, which seeks to prosecute Gaydamak on charges of selling hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Russian arms to Angola in the mid-1990s.

The irony in all this is that, ever since the Soviet Union fell, Russian mobsters have been coming here to live an easy life away from prosecution in Moscow. It’s a good sign when Israel has become a place where mobsters have to leave in order to escape the law, rather than the place they come to for refuge.

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