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The Merchant of Death

Arms Trader Viktor Bout, "The Merchant of Death," has been found guilty in U.S. Court yesterday. Bout was the target of an elaborate U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation that ended with his arrest in March 2008 in Thailand and led to a prolonged legal battle over his extradition. U.S. authorities say Bout was also involved in trafficking arms to dictators and conflict zones in Africa, South America and the Middle East. He was accused of seeking to sell the missiles, 20,000 AK-47 rifles, 20,000 fragment grenades, 740 mortars, 350 sniper rifles, and 10 million rounds of ammunition to two federal informants posing as representatives of a Colombian rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Russia has a whole array of questions in relation to the Bout case, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters in Moscow on Thursday. “Our goal is to ensure his return home,” Ryabkov added.

Bout could face between 25 years and a life behind bars when he issentenced in February 2012.

Lord of War (2005) by Andrew Niccol
This film was inspired by arm dealers such as Viktor Bout and of Yuri Orlov - from Orlov’s early days in the early 1980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to mobsters in his local neighbourhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 90s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord.