Russian arms dealer
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara repeatedly responded to questions at a news conference about the relations between the countries by saying Viktor Bout was brought to the United States after prosecutors successfully sought an indictment and an extradition based on evidence collected during a long-running DEA probe.
A federal prosecutor says a Russian arms trafficking suspect known as the “Merchant of Death” is where he belongs – in U.S. custody. He is facing charges in New York.
Russian arms trafficking suspect Viktor Bout was flown to New York on Tuesday in a chartered U.S. plane, extradited in manacles despite a push by Russian diplomats to persuade Thailand to release him.