Israel believes Russia imposed the harshest possible sentence in order to use the woman as a bartering chip to convince the country to release a Russian prisoner accused of embezzlement.
A Russian court has sentenced a US-Israeli woman to serve seven and a half years in jail on drug possession and smuggling charges. Based on the severity of the sentence, one might assume that the woman was caught trying to smuggle massive quantities of cocaine into the country, but in fact she was caught with less than a half-ounce of weed.
Back in April, Russian police detained Naama Issachar, a 25-year-old with dual Israeli/US citizenship, after discovering...
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