Yad Vashem suspends relationship with Roman Abramovich

The oligarch was sanctioned by the government earlier today


The Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem has suspended its ties with Roman Abramovich who was sanctioned by the UK earlier today.  

The museum had only announced last month a “new long-term strategic partnership” with the oligarch and Chelsea owner, with pledged funding to go to its research institute.   

In a statement Thursday, Yad Vashem said, “In light of recent developments, Yad Vashem has decided to suspend the strategic partnership with Mr. Roman Abramovich.” 

The move comes after the UK announced a full asset freeze on Mr Abramovich Thursday who is worth more than £9 billion as part of a crackdown on influential oligarchs. 

He and six others were hit with a prohibition on transactions with UK individuals and businesses, a travel ban on entering or remaining in the UK and transport sanctions. 

Announcing the sanctions, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "There can be no safe havens for those who have supported Putin’s vicious assault on Ukraine. 

"Today’s sanctions are the latest step in the UK’s unwavering support for the Ukrainian people. We will be ruthless in pursuing those who enable the killing of civilians, destruction of hospitals and illegal occupation of sovereign allies."

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