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Israel: Dozens rally for release of Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia

4 20.10.2019 Инфо

M/S Protesters chanting: "Free Naama [Issachar]."
M/S Protesters gathered and chanting
C/U Sign reading (Hebrew/Russian): "Free Naama [Issachar]."
M/S Protesters gathered and chanting
M/S Protesters chanting: "Free Naama [Issachar]."
M/S Protester chanting: "Free Naama [Issachar]."
C/U Protester holding sign reading: "Naama is not a bargaining chip!"
SOT, Gal Shalom Cohen, relative of Naama Issachar (Hebrew): "Our request from Israel is to do whatever is possible. We ask Russia to release her. Seven and a half years in prison is a very hard punishment, it is unreasonable and disproportionate. We ask to distance her from political decisions."
M/S Protester chanting: "Free Naama [Issachar]." *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Tel Aviv Hidrich, a friend of Naama Issachar (Hebrew): "She became a bargaining chip, a normal citizen with no criminal record is becoming bargaining chip, it is a scary unusual case."
M/S Protester chanting *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Shely Nave, a friend of Naama Issachar (Hebrew): "We know she became a bargaining chip because of Aleksey Burkov [Russian citizen arrested in Israel] and we ask the state to do any thing possible, even if means releasing him or finding a new deal to release her."
C/U Sign reading: "Free Naama."
M/S Protesters holding signs and chanting
M/S Protester holding sign reading (Russian): "Release Naama to freedom."
SCRIPT
Dozens rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday to demand the release of Israeli-American Naama Issachar, who was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment in Russia on charges of drug smuggling.
Footage shows protesters holding signs demanding the release of Issachar, rally-goers could also be heard chanting "Free Naama."
"Our request from Israel is to do whatever is possible. We ask Russia to release her. Seven and a half years in prison is a very hard punishment, it is unreasonable and disproportionate. We ask to distance her from political decisions," Gal Shalom Cohen a relative of Issachar said at the protest.
Twenty-six-year-old Issachar was detained in April last year after 9.5 grams of cannabis was found in her possession as she was taking a connecting flight in Moscow. On October 11 she was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
Protesters see her imprisonment as a political move connected to Israel's detention of Russian born Aleksey Burkov, who was arrested in 2015 on suspected hacking and embezzlement charges.
Burkov is currently awaiting extradition to the US for his suspected crimes and Moscow has reportedly requested the extradition of Burkov to Russia in exchange for the release of Issachar.