Backstory: Viktor Bout

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was arraigned yesterday in a New York court on terrorism charges. On today’s Backstory, Stephen Braun, National Security Editor with the Associated Press and co-author of the book Merchant of Death, explains how Bout has shipped goods for everyone from the Taliban to the United Nations. Plus, we’ll find out why the United States wanted to prosecute him and why the Russian government has protested his extradition from Thailand, where he was arrested in 2008.


Stephen Braun

Comments [3]

norman from NYC

The U.S., and its independent arms dealers, have supplied lots of terrorist operations, such as the Nicaraguan contras, and the Israeli settlers.

What's the difference? Is it just that we were supplying our terrorists, and he was supplying somebody else's terrorists?

Nov. 18 2010 01:40 PM
Joe Geller from Upstate, NY

This sounds a lot like the 2005 Nicolas Cage movie Lord of War. I wonder if it was based on this story?

Nov. 18 2010 01:33 PM
Jaime Viñas from NyC

In the Tintin books there's a recurring character thug, mafioso, trafficker called Alcazar.

Nov. 18 2010 01:32 PM

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