According to reports, the US administration has proposed the release of American nationals Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan who are being detained by Russian authorities in exchange for the release of prisoned Russian arms trader Viktor Bout.
The following is a list of information about Viktor Bout, a former “Merchant of Death” who is currently serving a 25-year prison term.
Who is Viktor Bout?
Bout is thought to have been born in 1967 in the then-Soviet-run Tajikistan city of Dushanbe. He began his career in air transportation following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. He had served as a Soviet military interpreter in the past.
He was believed to have a sibling, a father who worked as an auto mechanic, and a mother who worked as a bookkeeper.
Viktor was the adventurous son, copying illegal hit songs to gain a little extra pocket money, and teaching himself Esperanto in the hope that it would be beneficial in the future, according to a 2010 article in the German news magazine Der Spiegel.
He joined the Communist Union of Youth while enrolled at the Moscow Military Institute of Foreign Languages.
Viktor Bout Age
Apparently, Viktor Bout is 55 years old.
Viktor Bout Wife
Since 1992, Bout has been wed to his wife, Alla Bout. She was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1970. Bout has been married to Alla for 30 years, including the time he has been behind bars.
For the past 30 years, Alla Bout has been Viktor Bout’s wife, a Russian arms dealer. She and he have been married since 1992, and she has remained faithful to him despite his legal troubles.
Viktor Bout Parents
The mother of Viktor Bout, the “Merchant of death,” has been revealed to be Raisa Bout. She hasn’t been the subject of any online documentation.
It was known that Viktor Bout had a brother named Sergei Bout.
Viktor Bout children
Elizaveta Bout is well-known for being the daughter of the well-known Viktor Bout.
She was conceived in the United Arab Emirates in 1994 by Viktor and Alla Bout.
Elizaveta’s father, Viktor Anatolyevich Bout, is a Russian arms merchant and former Soviet military interpreter.
Viktor Bout was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 when American operatives pretended to be Colombian militants in a sting operation.
Victor Bout, who is currently serving a lengthy prison term in the United States, received a visit from Elizaveta and her mother Alla in 2019. At Marion Federal Prison, the family got their first opportunity to come together since his detention in 2012.
Elizaveta and her mother Alla Bout left the United States for Moscow, Russia, on December 1.
What is Viktor Bout noted for?
Before a U.S. court found him guilty in 2011 and jailed him in Illinois, Russian Viktor Bout was the most notorious arms trader in history.
He is the target of a potential prisoner swap between the United States and Russia now that two Americans are being imprisoned by Russia and the Biden administration wants to free them.
Is Viktor Bout dead or alive?
Viktor Bout, according to reports, is still alive.
Viktor Bout net worth
Viktor Bout, a Russian armaments dealer, has a personal fortune of $50 million. Viktor Bout is suspected of utilising his several air transport companies to carry weaponry worth potentially billions of dollars from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Africa after the fall of the Soviet Union.
He was jailed in Thailand in 2008 on grounds of terrorism, and in 2011 the US convicted him guilty of planning to kill civilians and members of the US government. Bout was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Viktor Bout was portrayed by Nicolas Cage in the 2005 film “Lord of War.”
What happened to Viktor Bout?
During a dramatic sting operation in Colombia, Bout was caught on tape haggling to sell 100 surface-to-air missiles to undercover American agents posing as members of the communist FARC guerrillas.
He was arrested shortly after by Thai police.
When is Viktor Bout release date
He was extradited to the US in 2010 after two years of legal proceedings, and a year later he was convicted guilty of crimes related to terrorism.
Bout was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was supposed to be released in August 2029 at the age of 55, according to the website of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The Russians successfully bringing [him] back would be considered as a triumph, according to Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russian security. “Freeing Bout would send a message to those who could wind themselves in trouble: The motherland will not forget you,” Galeotti said.