Two days ago, the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration received an immigrant who rises to a height of 2.15 meters. At the office branch at Ben Gurion Airport, they were surprised to see a guy almost scratching the ceiling. Then they met Artyom Zablin, 35, who immigrated from Russia and gained immigrant status. Artyom is a Russian basketball player who may be hired in Israel by one of the teams in the Holy Land, and his agent is in advanced negotiations regarding his integration into Israeli basketball.
Zablin played for CSKA Moscow for five years, and was one of the team's most prominent players. In recent years he played for the Italian Parma team and until the moment of his rise he is a player of the Russian team Onyx Kazan, in the role of center.
Artyom's current team won the VTB League championship for the first time in its history and in 2021 beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 74:85. The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration said it was proud that Artyom had joined the 25,500 immigrants who immigrated from around the world since the beginning of the year until today.
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Director General of the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption, Adv. Avichai Kahane, told Israel Hayom: "I congratulate Artyom with a blessing to immigrate to Israel. There is no doubt that Artyom brings the ascent to new heights. The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration has been happy to absorb all immigrants in Israel for the past 75 years. The immigrants are part of the construction of Israeli society in a variety of fields, including Israeli sports."
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