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  • Viktor Bout in 2010 is led off a flight from Bangkok to New York during his extradition to face trial on charges of transporting weapons. (Associated Press)

    Russia's 'Guantanamo list' targets Americans

    Dozens of Americans have been placed on a "Guantanamo list" barring them from entering Russia, in the latest phase of Moscow's retaliation against a U.S. law that imposes sanctions against Russians suspected of human rights abuses.

  • Viktor Bout in 2010 is led off a flight from Bangkok to New York during his extradition to face trial on charges of transporting weapons. (Associated Press)

    Associate of jailed arms dealer arrested

    An associate of convicted international arms dealer Viktor Bout has been arrested in Australia in connection with a conspiracy with Bout and others to illegally purchase two aircraft from companies located in the United States, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration boss Michele Leonhart said Thursday.

  • Viktor Bout in 2010 is led off a flight from Bangkok to New York during his extradition to face trial on charges of transporting weapons. (Associated Press)

    Weapons dealer Bout sentenced to 25 years in arms conspiracy

    International arms dealer Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death," was sentenced Thursday in federal court in New York to 25 years in prison following his conviction in a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to finance a fleet of aircraft to arm bloody conflicts and support terrorists worldwide.

  • Viktor Bout is escorted off a flight from Bangkok to New York last November during his extradition to face trial on charges of transporting weapons. A jury found him guilty on all counts Wednesday. (Associated Press)

    International arms dealer convicted in conspiracy

    International arms dealer Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death," was convicted Wednesday in federal court in New York in a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to finance a fleet of aircraft to arm bloody conflicts and support rogue regimes worldwide.

  • Illustration: Global contraband by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    FINLAY: Beyond the silver bullet

    Charged with conspiring to supply arms to terrorist groups and kill Americans, the infamous Russian arms dealer Victor Bout is currently standing trial in New York. For more than a decade, Mr. Bout purportedly supplied weaponry to the most-wanted strongmen and terrorist entities of modern times - from Paul Kagame in Rwanda to the Taliban in Afghanistan - and sowed unimaginable suffering around the globe.

  • Purported Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, right, escorted by Thai police commandos, arrives at Don muang airport in Bangkok on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Thailand extradited Mr. Bout to the U.S. on Tuesday to face terrorism charges. (AP Photo)

    Thailand extradites suspected arms dealer Bout to U.S.

    Thailand extradited accused Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout to the U.S. on Tuesday to face terrorism charges, siding with Washington in a tug of war with Moscow over whether to send him to stand trial or let him go home.

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Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, escorted by Thai police commandos, arrives at an airport in Bangkok on Tuesday. Thailand extradited Mr. Bout to the U.S. to face money laundering, wire fraud and other charges.

    'Merchant of Death' extradited to U.S.

    International arms dealer Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death," was extradited Tuesday by Thailand to the United States to stand trial on an indictment unsealed in New York accusing him of conspiracy to finance a fleet of aircraft to arm bloody conflicts and support rogue regimes worldwide.

  • Suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, center, is led by armed Thai police commandoes as he arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.  (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Thai court clears way for Viktor Bout extradition to U.S.

    A purported Russian arms smuggler dubbed "The Merchant of Death" was led off by masked commandos after a Thai court Tuesday removed a key legal obstacle to his U.S. extradition, which has landed Thailand in the midst of a diplomatic tussle between Washington and Moscow.

  • Suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout wears a bulletproof vest Monday as he arrives at a Bangkok court for a hearing that could determine his extradition to the U.S. (Associated Press)

    Thai court clears way for Viktor Bout extradition

    An alleged Russian arms smuggler dubbed "the Merchant of Death" was led off by masked commandos after a Thai court Tuesday removed a key legal obstacle to his U.S. extradition, which has landed Thailand in the midst of a diplomatic tussle between Washington and Moscow.

  • Suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout wears a bulletproof vest Monday as he arrives at a Bangkok court for a hearing that could determine his extradition to the U.S. (Associated Press)

    Viktor Bout extradition stalled by Thai ruling

    Reputed Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout's long-awaited extradition to the U.S. hit another delay Monday when a Thai court ruled that it needs to consider other charges filed against him by Washington.

  • With tight security and the flak jacket on, Viktor Bout, center, a suspected Russian arms dealer, leaves the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Reputed arms dealer Viktor Bout's extradition stalled by Thai ruling

    Reputed Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout's long-awaited extradition to the U.S. hit another delay Monday when a Thai court ruled that it needs to consider other charges filed against him by Washington.

  • Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer, arrives at court in Bangkok on Friday to hear an appeals court extradition decision requested by the U.S. (Associated Press)

    Extradition frays Thai-Russian relations

    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is trying to repair damaged relations with the Kremlin after Moscow's foreign minister condemned the Thai government's decision to extradite Russian weapons dealer Viktor Bout from Bangkok to New York.

  • Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer, listens to reporter's questions from inside a court cell at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. An appeals court ruled in favor of a U.S. request to extradite the elusive Russian businessman dubbed "The Merchant of Death." (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Thai court orders extradition of Russian arms dealer to U.S.

    International arms dealer Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death" named in February in a federal grand jury indictment in New York on charges of conspiring to finance an aircraft fleet to arm bloody conflicts and support rogue regimes worldwide, will be returned to the United States to stand trial, a court in Thailand ruled on Friday.

  • Viktor Bout, a suspected Russian arms dealer, listens to reporter's questions from inside a court cell at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. An appeals court in Thailand ordered his extradition to the United States on Friday. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Thai court orders extradition of Russian arms suspect to U.S.

    A Thai appeals court on Friday ordered the extradition of suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout to the United States, angering Moscow but paving the way to put the man dubbed the "Merchant of Death" on trial.

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    Arms dealer Bout gets boot in Thai court

    A Thai criminal court dismissed Monday a claim by international arms dealer Viktor Bout, the so-called "Merchant of Death," that his March 2008 arrest by Royal Thai Police in Bangkok was illegal because a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent assisted in the apprehension.

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  • Mr. Bout told undercover agents that he could arrange to airdrop the arms to FARC in Colombia, and offered to sell to FARC two cargo planes that could be used for arms deliveries.

    FARC arms deal risk to Americans →

  • The indictment stated that Mr. Bout told the agents he understood they wanted to use the arms against American personnel in Colombia, adding that the U.S. also was his enemy and that the FARC's fight against the U.S. also was his fight.

    FARC arms deal risk to Americans →

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