The information was the latest twist in a situation that’s plagued relations between Israel and Russia.
Aleksey Burkov, a Russian citizen desired by the U.S. on suspicion of cybercrimes, was detained in an Israeli airport in 2015.
Burkov’s case hadn’t captured the headlines before April when an Israeli citizen detained while moving through Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport had been detained for carrying 9 grams of marijuana — a relatively modest quantity.
Naama Issachar, a double U.S.-Israeli nationwide, obtained what many consider to be a stunt wildly disproportionate to the offense: a half years at a Russian penal colony.
Issachar’s mum, Yaffa Issachar, told NBC News of her distress in seeing her daughter.
“About a week before, I saw Naama after not being permitted to go to for weeks. The dialogue between us was involving glass and that I could not embarrass her,” she explained. “The entire time Naama cried and told me,’Mother I am not a criminal. I didn’t commit any crime. I must get out of this since I don’t belong here. I can’t function as a political hostage since I won’t last.'”
The brutal sentencing was characterized by Israeli officers and media as an effort by Moscow to associate Issachar’s destiny into the extradition of Burkov into the U.S.
Bolstering worries that Issachar has been held as political leverage is just another instance from across the summer involving an American student detained in the Saint Petersburg airport using clinically issued buds in the U.S. The pupil was finally released with a nice and deported.
Asked by reporters a week if Moscow was using Issachar as leverage for Burkov, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied to comment on the circumstance. The State Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Issachar’s household has claimed that Burkov’s partners have reached outright, especially connecting the hacker’s extradition to Issachar’s destiny in the justice system, but declined to affirm the NBC News. Yaffa Issachar also recently backed a petition to maintain Burkov’s extradition.
“Naama won’t be a pawn by the Russian hacker and his folks,” Yaffa Issachar stated in a statement. “I hope that I won’t aggravate Naama’s position from the prison and provide complete assurance to the president and the prime minister to keep on working together with the president to deliver Naama’s immediate release.”
Russia has rather strict drug legislation and cases are usually prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but Issachar’s situation isn’t the first that external observers think is linked to some high-profile political matter.
Whether Issachar’s situation is connected to Burkov’s destiny, Russian protests within the hacker’s extradition reveal a strong dislike of American extradition clinics — a problem that’s plagued U.S.-Russia connections for decades.
“Moscow’s opinion is that the U.S. has no right to do so and that, should they have queries or fees from any Russian nationals, the U.S. should activate present bilateral law enforcement cooperation mechanisms and request Russian authorities to explore Russian citizens.”