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Encyclopedia > Victor Bout

Viktor Bout is a Russian arms dealer and former KGB officer. He is nicknamed the Merchant of Death. Recent reports suggest he is also operating in Iraq using front companies and Cargo Airlifts (Airline Transport, Air West and TransAvia Export). Bout came to officials attention when he was accused of supplying arms to Rebels in west africa after a cease fire agreement had been brokered. He was also the official Arms supplier to the Deposed regime of Charles Taylor in Liberia. The arms industry is a massive global industry. ... A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Tom is short for Thomas). ... Charles Taylor announces his resignation on Liberian TV, 2003 Charles Ghankay Taylor (born January 28, 1948) was the President of Liberia from 1997 to 2003. ...


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Most recently, Victor, though the Bush Administration has for three years tried to curb his activities, was used by the Pentagon to supply arms to the Iraqi troops.


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Explananda: May 2005 Archives (4682 words)
Victor Bout [sic] is the most notorious arms trafficker in the world.
Bout "controls what is reputed to be the largest private fleet of Soviet-era cargo aircraft in the world", says the Treasury press release.
Bout used to operate from Ostend, in Belgium, where a shabby hotel in the city centre acted as his informal marketplace.
Rigorous Intuition: Lawyers, Guns, Money and Drugs (9127 words)
Bout, naturally enough for someone beyond the reach of any arm of justice, has been a wildly successful contractor to United States forces in Iraq.
A single Bout company, Irbis, flew more than 140 flights into Iraq for the U.S. military and its contractors by the end of 2004.
Then again, if there was a connection--actual or coincidental--between Bout and that popular/main stream movie, that would give the Bout story some zest-help to push it in the main steam media--and perhaps help to kill the UAE ports deal.
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