April 5th, 2012
12:33 AM ET

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout faces long prison sentence

The convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout faces the possibility of life in prison at his sentencing in a federal court in New York on Thursday.

Last year, Bout, who's been dubbed "the merchant of death" by his accusers, was convicted on four counts of conspiracy to kill Americans, acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles and provide material support to a terrorist organization.

At the trial, the prosecution said that during a 2008 sting operation by U.S. drug enforcement agents in Thailand, Bout believed he was selling weapons to Colombian guerrillas.

Bout, whose life is considered to have inspired the 2005 Nicolas Cage movie "Lord of War," faces 25 years to life in prison.

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  1. Superman

    As if thats bad, remember when the ussr fell? Who was selling iran uranium? Russia so why did we not stop ruaaia? Easy pickings for the us ha? We'll take the little guy but let the big ones go it has to stop sometime maybe when the bubble blows and then maybe

    April 5, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Simple

      If he is a merchant of death than how do you refer to Mr Bush senior & Co who handed weapons to Bin Laden and Pakistan in 80s? This is now being used to kill NATO slodiers in Afganistan and resulted in a continious bloodshed. Had USA supported USSR during the war in Afganistan, 9/11 could have been avoided.

      In addition, USA helped Pakistan to develop nuclear weapons which is a far greater threat to the world's stability than providing uranium to Iran.

      April 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. First time blog

    Gun selling/trafficking, the us must of been lossing money because of this guy

    April 5, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |