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Russia: Russian Human Rights ombudsman visits jailed Israeli Naama Issachar

Russian Federation, Moscow region
January 23, 2020 at 19:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova visited Naama Issachar, an Israeli citizen serving time in a Moscow prison on drug charges, in Moscow on Thursday.

Afterwards she stated that Issahar hadn’t written a separate petition for pardon to the Russian president, since she thought “her mother’s petition and the Israeli leader’s petition to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin are enough to-date.”

At the same time, Moskalkova expressed her hope that the words which Russian President Vladimir Putin said to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Naama’s mother Yaffa Issachar earlier on Thursday can be regarded as a chance for an earlier release for the Israeli citizen.

“We really hope, everyone, who took part in this meeting, that this result in the form of [her] liberation is not far off, because today we heard from Jerusalem that the president of the Russian Federation has already made a promise to Naama's mother that everything will be fine,” Naama's lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant said.

After visiting the prisoner, Moskalkova called Naama’s mother. She reported that her daughter feels well, and was even smiling and has everything she needed. Furthermore, Naama even managed to see footage of the meeting between her mother and the Russian president.

Police detained Naama Issachar on drug charges in April last year while in transit in a Moscow airport and accused her of having 9.6 grams of cannabis in her bag.

She was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for drug possession and smuggling in October.

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Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova visited Naama Issachar, an Israeli citizen serving time in a Moscow prison on drug charges, in Moscow on Thursday.

Afterwards she stated that Issahar hadn’t written a separate petition for pardon to the Russian president, since she thought “her mother’s petition and the Israeli leader’s petition to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin are enough to-date.”

At the same time, Moskalkova expressed her hope that the words which Russian President Vladimir Putin said to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Naama’s mother Yaffa Issachar earlier on Thursday can be regarded as a chance for an earlier release for the Israeli citizen.

“We really hope, everyone, who took part in this meeting, that this result in the form of [her] liberation is not far off, because today we heard from Jerusalem that the president of the Russian Federation has already made a promise to Naama's mother that everything will be fine,” Naama's lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant said.

After visiting the prisoner, Moskalkova called Naama’s mother. She reported that her daughter feels well, and was even smiling and has everything she needed. Furthermore, Naama even managed to see footage of the meeting between her mother and the Russian president.

Police detained Naama Issachar on drug charges in April last year while in transit in a Moscow airport and accused her of having 9.6 grams of cannabis in her bag.

She was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for drug possession and smuggling in October.

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