Yaffe Issachar
Yaffe Issachar Flash 90

Naama Issachar's mother, Yaffa, responded this evening to the pardon Russian President Vladimir Putin signed to release her daughter Wednesday.

"This is a moment I have been waiting for almost a year. I have been on a long journey that I do not wish anyone to go through. At the moment all I want is to hug my daughter Naama," Yaffa said.

Putin signed the pardon after a Russian parole commission recommended Issachar’s request be granted on Monday.

A day later, the governor of the Moscow Oblast, Andrey Yuryevich Vorobyov, signed off on Issachar’s pardon request, sending it to President Putin for final approval.