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Viktor Bout, the Magnat of Armament

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Viktor BoutThe arm dealing is a strange occupation to deal with. The scheme of business activity is too complicated. On the one hand, the marketing and market laws exist and act forever, when it is world known that the advertisement is the tool to promote the goods, and the more people know about businessmen and services, the higher is the potential profit. On the other hand, the arm dealing in our conditions is associated with half-legal and at times illegal proceedings, in fact, which are pregnant with the difficulties with the judicial authorities of individual countries either with the international justice.

Viktor Bout retired from the Army in 1992 and changed the residence for the BelgiancityOstende. He mainly preferred to deal business in Africa when jointly with his elder brother Sergey, he started with buying up old aviation equipment though well maintained for a song which were in abundance in different African countries. The question is that throughout the previous twenty years the Soviet Union supplied the black continent with various equipment, including the aircraft technique, and fittings to support the friendly political regimes.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the huge amount of Russian pilots left Africa. The African pilots were rare and the aircraft appeared to be the useless scrap metal, indeed. Therefore, the proposal offered by Bout to purchase the scrap metal for something valuable was too attractive. As a result, Viktor and his brother Sergey founded one of the largest private air fleet in the world with the aircraft ranging from 50 to 60 by various sources. Such an unprecedented vehicle treasure and the acquaintances in the army force system facilitated the status of Bout and he acquired the challenge to become the largest armament dealer in the market of Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. And he did not fail to miss this opportunity – the most weapon supplied by Bout to his customers arrived from the military storehouses of the former Soviet republics. When the republics acquired the independence, the first years were uncontrollable, and the military authority found the way to provide their families with something to survive. Consequently, by the sources of the intelligent services of the USA, Angola, Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, as well as in Afghanistan and the Philippines from the early 90s till the recent times. Meanwhile, his business was legally protected when he smartly justified the huge amount of aircraft by various business transactions. Thus, in the early 90s he arranged the flower supply to the countries of the Persian Gulf from the Southern Africa. Yet, by the latest data it is known that fresh gladiolus bought for 4 USD per flower were sold to the Arab sheikhs by Bout for 100 USD. And since 1997 the Bout legalized his business in the other direction and he proceeded to transport frozen meat from the South Africa to Nigeria. and UN Special Commissions, Viktor Bout was the one to supply weapon to

Though, we sure that all secrets will be revealed eventually and in the end of the previous century Bout had to leave Belgium when the local authorities got concerned in his financial transactions. He settled in the Arab Emirates then. Afterwards, in the year 2002, he was mention in the UN report on the illegal arm dealing as one of the key party at fault in escalation of tension in various hot points of the world. In the year 2005 the USA authorities caused the financial assets of Bout frozen in the American borders in view of his activity. By the way, the movie «Armament baron» was shot by Hollywood studios on the arm dealer from the Soviet Union. The script version mentioned the biography facts concerning Viktor Bout, and Nicolas Cage starred in the movie.

Eventually, on March 6 of 2008 Viktor Bout was arrested by the Thai authorities in Bangkok by inquiries of USA and Interpol. Bout was stated to be arrested in place when the secret agents negotiated with but as the representatives of one of the radical groups from Columbia to purchase the missile of «earth-air» class. The Thai government refused to judge Bout in their territory by their laws, since he did not do anything illegal Thailand. In May 2008 the USA government addressed to Thailand with the enquiry of Bout extradition to the jurisdiction of America. Though, as a result of some negligence in document execution and intervention of Russia with the question of the legal protection of the Russian citizen, the extradition matter was postponed. Finally in August 2009 the criminal court of Bangkok rejected the enquiry of the American government to deliver Bout since the USA failed to provide solid evidences to prove that the activity of the Russian citizen was illegal. Nevertheless, Viktor Bout did not manage to get free since Columbia appealed to prison him. They declared that the Columbian organization involved in the matter is the terrorist group but not political. Bout’s attorneys protested against this declaration justifying that Columbian government was not eligible to get involved in judicial proceeding of other countries. In the meantime, Viktor Bout is still imprisoned.

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