MOSCOW (AP) – An Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges has submitted a petition to be pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.
State news agency Tass reported Sunday that 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.
The 26-year-old backpacker was arrested in April at a Moscow 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. She was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to Putin to pardon Issachar.
While in Israel last week, Putin met Issachar’s mother and told her â€œeverything will be alright.”