Russian oligarch may lose Israeli citizenship

The state has informed the High Court of Justice that the Interior Minister of the new government that will be formed after the March 28 elections will consider the request to strip so-called Russian oligarch Leonid Nevzelin of his Israeli citizenship. It also said it was examining the Russian government's request to extradite Nevzelin, a former owner of the Yukos oil company, regarding whom Russian police have issued an arrest warrant. Nevzelin maintains that the arrest warrant against him was issued at the orders of President Vladimir Putin as part of an intimidation campaign against political reformists.