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Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia Asks for Pardon

Israel has called on Russia to release Naama Issachar, who was sentenced by a Russian court to seven-and-a-half years in jail Artyom Geodakyan / TASS

Naama Issachar, a U.S.-Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges, has asked for a pardon, Interfax reported, citing a statement by her lawyers.

Israel has called on Russia to release Issachar, who was sentenced by a Russian court to seven-and-a-half years in jail for drug offenses in October.

The Kremlin said earlier that it was impossible for Issachar to be granted a presidential pardon without her first formally requesting one.

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