Gaydamak leaves Israel


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Israeli-Russian multimillionaire who finished a distant third in Jerusalem’s mayoral elections has left Israel.

Arcadi Gaydamak, who scored just 3.5 percent in November’s elections won by businessman Nir Barkat, departed on his private jet, the Ha’aretz newspaper reported in its online Saturday edition.

Gaydamak had been unable to leave Israel until he paid a $2.5 million bond in a money-laundering investigation. He paid the bond and, according to Ha’aretz, is unlikely to return.

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