Russian businessman found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans
Former Soviet military officer Viktor Bout arrives at Westchester County Airport on November 16, 2010, in New York.
November 2nd, 2011
03:08 PM ET

Russian businessman found guilty of conspiring to kill Americans

A federal jury convicted Russian businessman Viktor Bout Wednesday on four counts related to a conspiracy to kill Americans, a conspiracy to acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles and of providing material support to a terrorist organization.  He could face life in prison.

His attorney, Albert Dayan, said Bout would appeal the verdict. Bout had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Widely dubbed "the Merchant of Death," Bout was often referred to by American officials as among the most notorious of global arms traffickers.

Dayan said during the trial that the former Soviet air force officer was not involved in illegal arms sales. He told jurors that federal agents baited Bout into selling the weapons alongside a deal to sell airplanes.

Dayan said his client had been unfairly charged.

Bout was accused of assembling a fleet of cargo planes to traffic military-grade weapons to conflict zones around the world since the 1990s.

According to a federal indictment, he was suspected of creating front companies that used his planes to deliver food and medical supplies, as well as arms.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. taj

    The Lord of War dosen't look anything like Nick Cage.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7tCLWu3ByI&w=640&h=360]

    November 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Off with his head!
    (Sarcasm)

    November 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Nice 70's hairstyle, dude. I think I got stuck with that guy as my chem lab partner in grade 11.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smirnoff

    In Soviet Russia, arms sell YOU.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WOT

    What will the USSR have to say about one of their citizen being charged in the USA. If Russia says nothing, we know what that means!(KGB -Agent)

    November 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Well, probably the same thing if one of our citizens were caught doing the same thing in Russia.
    Being from another country doesn't mean automatic immunity.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • strj

      he wasn't caught in the US. he was in Thailand selling arms to Colombians. Now somebody please explain how the US has the jurisdiction to prosecute him.

      November 3, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Nice pub for tha Raiders

    November 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    No big deal.
    This would continue happeneing even as we see this Russian go to the prison. Happening all over. Some get caught some don't.
    Its big money just as in drugs.

    November 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ART

    Many Terrorist organizations aquire Real Co's right (online). Now they become a legitament organization and can legally transfer their goods across the glob. Of course with discretion.

    November 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    Viktor was 'bout it, 'bout it! Lol, just had to say that! Now he's 'bout prison! He was never an illegal arms dealer though, the government Tricked him, see! That cute nick name you've acquired, Viktor, is a give away, I'm afraid! Merchant of Death, will not be appearing on say, DWTS anytime soon! Lol!!

    November 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KONG

    Guilty as charge.

    November 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT (ELF SLAYER , LEADER OF GKOP alliance , FRIEND OF FROZEN VENGENCE , PURPLE KUSH SMOKER , 82 CAMARO OWNER , 69 FIREBIRD OWNER , AVID TURKEY HUNTER , NOS USER , MIKE PATTON FAN , AND TRAINER OF VERY SMALL DOGS THAT HAVE SIZE ISSUES)

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    we need to make another "bad russian guy " movie...i miss the russians,, they were much better bad guys

    November 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Maybe since his dad dealt with nazis, young indy will deal with russians..

      November 3, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Justen beiber

    Rhey should let this guy carry out his plan. USA deserved it

    November 3, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @leeintulsa:
    Only if he has a whip.

    November 3, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |