Russian fugitive buys 20 percent of Israeli daily

Russian-born tycoon Leonid Nevzlin, a former business partner of jailed Russian oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has bought a 20 percent stake in the dovish Ha’aretz daily for $41 million.

The deal leaves the newspaper’s founding Schocken family with a 60 percent share. Germany’s DuMont Schauberg publishing company holds the remaining equity.

Ha’aretz said June 12 that the cash injection would let it invest in unspecified “new technological opportunities.”

Nevzlin immigrated to Israel in 2003 after the Russian government started going after Yukos, the oil company he and Khodorkovsky created.

In 2008, he was convicted in Russia in absentia of conspiring to murder.

Israel deemed the evidence against him invalid and refused Moscow’s request to extradite him. — ap