Free 25-year-old American-Israeli Naama Issachar from wrongful Russian Imprisonmemt
Issachar, who was born in the US and has dual American-Israeli citizenship, was returning to Israel in April after a three-month trip to India, via a connecting flight though Moscow.Sign PetitionSign Petition
As she was boarding her flight to Tel Aviv, she was pulled over by Russian police who told her they had found 9 grams of cannabis in her checked baggage.
Issachar acknowledged that the baggage was hers but said that the cannabis was not, and that she did not know how it got into her luggage.
She was then transferred out of the airport to a detention facility in Moscow, where she was charged with possession of cannabis, which usually entails a one-month period of detention, a fine, and a ban from entering the country.
Shortly before the end of her month was up, however, the state prosecutor changed the charge from possession for personal use to drug smuggling – a far more serious charge, which carries with it a sentence of three to 10 years in prison.
9 grams of Cannabis, in no situation, can be considered smuggling drugs as that implies a purpose other than personal use. Regardless of whether she is innocent of transporting the cannabis or guilty, she has met the time served requirement and should have been released with the month after her incarceration.
We demand that Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald J. Trump along with their respective governments immediately negotiate with the Russian government Issachar’s release from Russian imprisonment before this becomes an issue of 2 nations ignoring the anti-Semitic treatment of one of their citizens.