May 19, 2002 |
The files on Victor Bout in government agencies around the world brim with accounts of how he hunted game with rebel leaders, threw beer parties on jungle landing strips and consorted with dictators to build his business empire. For a decade, his armada of aircraft has hauled almost anything for a price: fish, coffee, relief supplies, flowers, and heads of state and their wives. International authorities say the 35-year-old Russian also operates the world's largest private weapons transport network, carrying military goods as small as Kalashnikov assault rifle rounds and as large as helicopter gunships.
October 14, 2010 |
A Thai court has agreed this week to hear an appeal by suspected arms trafficker Victor Bout, a move likely to frustrate, at least temporarily, U.S. efforts to extradite him on four terrorism-related counts. The former Russian military officer earned international notoriety in the post-Cold War era for allegedly arming a rogues' gallery of terrorist groups, militias and governments, many of which were under a United Nations weapons embargo. If the court proceeds with the appeal it accepted Wednesday, Bout could remain in a Thai prison beyond the Nov. 20 U.S. extradition deadline, a date determined after an earlier court decision.
May 19, 2002 |
Victor Bout is fluent in five languages and is described by intimates as a tough but charming man and a hard bargainer. Bout's business dealings have enabled him to buy expensive cars and residences in Moscow, on the Belgian coast and in South Africa and the emirate of Sharjah. He has left several countries one step ahead of official inquiries into his businesses and has been accused by United Nations and U.S. officials of supplying weapons to regimes around the world.
July 23, 2002 |
Most Americans would be shocked to learn that one of the Taliban's favorite arms smugglers is now living freely and openly in a country that is supposed to be an ally in the U.S. war against terrorism--and that the Bush administration has done nothing about it. Another story of double-dealing by Saudi Arabia or divided loyalties in Pakistan? No, this problem is in Russia.
December 18, 2004 |
The State Department circulated a list of nine air companies linked to reputed arms trafficker Victor Bout in June, warning diplomatic posts against hiring the firms. But the Defense Department, which oversees most of the massive military contracts in Iraq, made no similar effort to warn its agencies, officials said Friday. Planes flown by four firms suspected of ties to the Russian businessman's aviation network landed in Baghdad at least 195 times over the last year, government documents show.
October 23, 1989 |
Undefeated Virgil Hill, recovered from a bout with hyperglycemia, will make the seventh defense of his World Boxing Assn. light heavyweight title Tuesday night. Hill (25-0) will meet James Kinchen (44-6-2) in a scheduled 12-round bout at the Bismarck Civic Center. The fight was to have been held in August but was postponed when the champion was determined to have hyperglycemia--abnormally high amounts of sugar in the blood--that Hill blamed on a poor diet and stress.