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Merchant Of Death

Viktor Bout (credit:  U.S. Department of Justice via Getty Images)

Russian Arms Dealer Dubbed ‘Merchant Of Death’ Avoids Life Sentence

Despite the outburst and insistence that he was framed, Viktor Bout escaped with the mandatory minimum 25 years in prison in a case that demonstrated the U.S. government’s determination to bring him to justice.

04/05/2012

Russian Arms Dealer ‘Merchant Of Death’ Viktor Bout Convicted In NYC Federal Court

A shadowy Russian arms dealer was convicted Wednesday of seeking to make millions of dollars by selling heavy weaponry to a terror group so it could attack what prosecutors said he told his customers was a common enemy – U.S. forces helping the Colombian government.

11/02/2011

Viktor Bout (c) is escorted by DEA agents upon arrival in New York - Nov 16, 2010 (credit: AP Photo/Drug Enforcement Administration)

Closing Arguments Begin In Trial Of Russian Arms Suspect

The three-week trial of an accused Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death” is wrapping up.

10/31/2011

Viktor Bout (c) is escorted by DEA agents upon arrival in New York - Nov 16, 2010 (credit: AP Photo/Drug Enforcement Administration)

Jury Selection Begins In Accused Former Soviet Arms Dealer’s NYC Trial

Jury selection got off to a rocky start Tuesday in the arms sale trial of a former Soviet military officer known as the Merchant of Death when reporters were initially kept out of the federal courtroom.

10/11/2011

Viktor Bout, center.

Russian Arms Suspect Set For NY Court Appearance

Lawyers on Friday were expected to update a federal judge in Manhattan on progress they’ve made to bring Viktor Bout to trial.

01/21/2011