"Israel's Holocaust museum asked the US not to sanction a Russian oligarch ahead of the invasion of Ukraine.
In a joint letter to the US envoy in Israel, the Yad Vashem's chairman vouched for Roman Abramovich, saying he is one of its top donors.
The letter also said that sanctions on Abramovich would be unfair to the Jewish world.
Last month, Israel's Holocaust Memorial Museum, a chief rabbi, and several Israeli charities and organizations asked the US to avoid sanctioning Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, The Times of Israel reported on Sunday.
Dani Dayan, chairman of the Yad Vashem museum, had signed a joint letter addressed to Tom Nides, the US ambassador to Israel, saying that Abramovich is the "second-largest private donor" to the museum, per the outlet.
The letter was dated February 6, per The Times, less than three weeks before Russian President Vladimir
Putin declared an assault on Ukraine, but after news emerged that the US was drafting a list of targets to sanction in answer to potential aggression from Moscow.
As of Thursday morning, Abramovich, an Israeli-Russian billionaire with close political ties to Putin, has not been placed on the list of oligarchs targeted by Western sanctions."
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