Estimated read time: Less than a minute
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — About 200 Israelis are demonstrating in Tel Aviv in solidarity with an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia on drug charges.
The demonstrators chanted and held signs reading "Free Naama" in Hebrew, Russian and English.
Naama Issachar, 26, was arrested in Moscow airport in April on her way to Israel from India. Authorities found 9.6 grams of marijuana with her and last week sentenced her to seven and a half years in prison.
Israeli officials consider the sentence excessive and have indicated that Russia is using the case as leverage to press for the release of a suspected Russian hacker held by Israel. Israel is in the process of extraditing the Russian suspect to the U.S.
Israeli leaders have appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon Issachar.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.