Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges submits petition to be pardoned by Putin

Mail Online | 1/26/2020 | Valerie Edwards For;Associated Press
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An Israeli woman has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.

Naama Issachar's lawyer said the request was filed following a statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that she couldn't be pardoned without making a personal appeal, according to news agency Tass.

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The 26-year-old backpacker was arrested in April at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where she was transferring en route from India to Israel.

Russian authorities said more than nine grams of hashish were found in her luggage.

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She was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison. Israeli leaders deemed the sentence excessive, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to Putin to pardon Issachar.

While in Israel for a Holocaust forum, Putin met Thursday with Issachar's mother and told her 'everything will be all right'.

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However, the Russian leader also indicated that a final decision on the pardon was...
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