Bharara has run afoul of the Russian government in recent years in connection with his role in overseeing the extradition and trials of Konstantin Yaroshenko and Viktor Bout, Russian nationals who committed no crimes on US territory but were arrested in third countries and subsequently transferred into US custody.
Syrian-born American Richard Chichakli was arrested in January in Australia and was brought to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring with people including former Soviet air officer Viktor Bout, who's dubbed the Merchant of Death.
The MP stressed that Russia had had many reasons to be offended by the United States such as Magnitsky Act, the cases of entrepreneur Viktor Bout and pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko who have been sentenced in the U.
Here one encounters Viktor Bout, perhaps the best-known of the breed of arms brokers from the former Soviet Union, who turned the experience and contacts gained in the covert campaigns of the Cold War to profitable new ventures in post-Cold War conflicts.
Senator Royce, a former chair of the Africa Sub-committee, is also credited for having led Congressional efforts to see that international arms dealer Viktor Bout, arrested in Thailand in 2008, was extradited to the US to stand trial.
Dubai After being arrested in 2008 in Thailand following a sting operation, Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment on Thursday by a New York court on charges of aiding terror.