Moscow (CNN)An American-Israeli woman jailed in Moscow on drug charges is expected to fly home with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after she was granted a presidential pardon and released from prison.
Netanyahu set to fly home from Russia with freed Israeli-American woman
On Wednesday, Russian leader Vladimir Putin pardoned Naama Issachar, a 27-year-old dual American-Israeli citizen, who had been in prison since April and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years. She was stopped at Moscow's airport with 9.5 grams of marijuana in her checked luggage.
On Thursday she was released from prison, Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FPS) told the state-run TASS news agency.
A Kremlin statement earlier said Putin's pardon was based on "humanitarian principles."