In Israel, Putin Indicates He Will Pardon Imprisoned Israeli Woman


Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Israel for a Holocaust commemoration event on Thursday and strongly indicated he will pardon a young Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia for drug offenses.

Shortly after touching down in Israel for a one-day visit where he will attend ceremonies to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Putin met with Yafa Issachar, mother of Naama Issachar, who received a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for drug smuggling.

At a press conference following the meeting, Putin said, “I have met Naama's mother. It's clear to me that she is from a very good, honorable family.”

“I know the position of the prime minister who is asking me to make an appropriate decision,” he said. “All this will certainly be taken into account when the final decision is made.”

“The mother is very worried, I can see that. I told her and I want to repeat it again: everything will be fine,” Putin added.

According to YNet, Israel will have to make a series of concessions to obtain Naama’s release, including ceding property in Jerusaem to Russian control.

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