Naama Issachar reportedly returned to Moscow prison

Naama Issachar, an Israeli-American jailed in Russia on drug charges, has been returned to a prison in Moscow, Hebrew media reports say.

Issachar’s family said yesterday she was moved last week to a prison far away from the Russian capital without her relatives being informed, and that she hadn’t been given winter clothes and books.

Issachar, 27, is serving a 7.5 year prison sentence for drug smuggling after some 10 grams of cannabis were found in her luggage during a stopover in Moscow. She denies the charge, saying she had no plans to enter Russia and did not understand all the legal proceedings.

Her case has become a cause célèbre in Israel, with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin asking Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon her.

Israeli-American Naama Issachar, jailed for drug smuggling, attends her appeal hearing at the Moscow Regional Court on December 19, 2019. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP)

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