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Merchant of Death

The sobriquet for Viktor Bout, a former Soviet officer convicted in the US for selling dangerous weaponry to the highest bidder in regions of prolific violence, including Rwanda, Angola and the Congo.
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The plane has been linked to notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, the inspiration for the character played by Nicolas Cage in the 2005 film 'Lord of War'.
The arms dealer Viktor Bout, for example, who is charged with providing aid to terrorists, or the hacker Vladimir Drinkman, who is accused of stealing millions of credit card numbers.
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.
Garcia was involved in arrest and charging of Viktor Bout, a Russian serving a 25-year prison sentence in the USA for arms trafficking.
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.
The list includes law enforcement authorities involved in the prosecution of Viktor Bout, a Russian arms trader serving a 25-year U.
Similar pressure was put on entrepreneur Viktor Bout, who was arrested in Thailand and extradited to the US, and on Yaroshenko as well," the diplomat said.
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.
Former Soviet officer Viktor Bout was caged on terrorism charges in New York.