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Monday, April 06, 2020

(Combined sources) The Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to pardon Naama Issachar, a U.S.-Israeli woman who was backpacking in Russia and then jailed for allegedly possessing a small amount of a recreational drug, RIA state news agency reported on Wednesday.

Issachar was freed immediately. She was set to fly back to Israel with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when he departed from Russia on Thursday, January 29, according to Arutz Sheva.

In a statement, Foreign Minister Israel Katz praises the decision to free her and thanks Netanyahu “for his determined efforts for the return of Naama by using his close ties with Russian President Putin and good bilateral ties.”