U.S. court rejects appeal of convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout on charges of conspiring to kill Americans.

Russia advises against travel

MOSCOW, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry advised citizens that may be of interest to U.S. security agencies to avoid travel.

Australians arrest alleged arms dealer

MELBOURNE, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- An alleged arms dealer facing U.S. charges was arrested Thursday after he applied for a job as a government security officer in Australia, officials said.

Accused arms dealer Chichakli arrested

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Richard Chichakli, an associate of arms dealer Viktor Bout, has been arrested in Australia for allegedly trying to buy two aircraft illegally, authorities said.

No swap of Russian, U.S. prisoners

MOSCOW, June 7 (UPI) -- A proposed swap of prisoners, an espionage agent and an arms seller, between Russia and the United States will not take place, a Russian official said Thursday.

Moscow condemns arms dealer's sentence

MOSCOW, April 6 (UPI) -- Russia will try to repatriate Viktor Bout, convicted in a U.S. court of arms dealing, contending his trial and sentence were tainted, the Foreign Ministry said.

Russian arms dealer gets 25 years

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- A judge in New York Thursday sentenced Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison for selling weapons he intended to be used to kill Americans.

Prosecutors seek life for arms dealer

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- A Russian man convicted of conspiring to sell weapons he believed would be used to kill Americans should receive a life prison sentence, U.S. prosecutors said.

Judge reconsiders solitary for arms dealer

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A New York judge says it may be possible to move Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout from solitary confinement before sentencing.

Mystery of Moscow's bid to free gunrunner

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Moscow is pressing the United States hard to repatriate arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was convicted by a New York court Nov. 2 on four counts of terrorism and conspiring to kill Americans.

U.S. denies arms dealer's return to Russia

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The United States has decided against returning convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout to his home in Russia, the State Department said Friday.
Viktor Bout guilty in weapons sales case

Viktor Bout guilty in weapons sales case

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Viktor Bout was convicted Wednesday of peddling military arms to undercover agents the Russian thought were Colombian rebels bent on killing U.S. soldiers.

'Merchant of Death' in court

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Viktor Bout, known as the so-called Merchant of Death, agreed to sell weapons to South American revolutionaries to kill Americans, prosecutors said Wednesday.

'Merchant of Death' pleads not guilty

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The accused Russian arms dealer known as the "Merchant of Death" pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in New York following extradition from Thailand.

'Merchant of Death' extradited to U.S.

BANGKOK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Thailand extradited alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States Tuesday to face terrorism charges, despite pressure from Moscow to free him.
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Viktor Anatolyevich Bout (Russian: Виктор Анатольевич Бут) (born 13 January 1967, near Dushanbe, Tajik SSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian businessman who established a number of air cargo companies. Widely seen in the Western media as a weapons merchant, he is currently detained by the United States federal government, facing trial on charges that stem from his alleged agreement to arm a terrorist group.

A former Soviet military translator, Bout had reportedly made a significant amount of money through his multiple air transport companies shipping cargo mostly in Africa and the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s. Just as willing to work for Charles Taylor in Liberia as he was for the United Nations in Sudan and the United States in Iraq, Bout may have facilitated huge arms shipments into various civil wars in Africa with his private air cargo fleets during the 1990s.

While claiming to have done little more than provide logistics, he has been called a "sanctions buster" by former British Foreign Office minister Peter Hain who described Bout as, "the principal conduit for planes and supply routes that take arms... from east Europe, principally Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine, to Liberia and Angola."

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