Former Russian army officer Viktor Bout, 44, is being held in a high security bloc of a New York prison while he awaits trial on charges including conspiring to supply arms to a Colombian terrorist group and kill U.S. nationals. The alleged arms dealer, dubbed "The Merchant of Death," could face anything from 25 years to life in prison if found guilty.
Moscow hopes that US Judge Shira Scheindlin's words about Viktor Bout's "excessive and inappropriate" sentence will pave the way toward his repatriation.
US Judge Shira Scheindlin “de facto recognized fabricated” the case of Viktor Bout who is serving a 25-year sentence in the US over allegedly conspiring to kill US citizens and supporting terrorism, the wife of the Russian businessman, Alla Bout, said Wednesday.
Moscow considers it possible to transfer Russian nationals Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko from the United States to their home country under the Council of Europe's Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.
A documentary film on the life and career of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout will receive its world premiere at next year’s Sundance Festival, the Sundance Institute has announced.
Russia is ready to file a formal request to extradite convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout from the US once the appeal process is over, a Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
Russian businessman and convicted weapons-trafficker Viktor Bout, who is currently serving a 25-year jail term in the United States, has withdrawn an appeal against his sentence, his wife said Tuesday.
A Syrian-born associate of notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout said Thursday that he would represent himself at his upcoming trial in New York on charges that he conspired to buy planes to move weapons to the world's bloodiest conflicts.
Australia extradited to the United States a man accused of working with Russian national Viktor Bout, convicted in 2011 of arms trafficking, Manhattan U.S. Attorney said Friday.
Though the majority of US officials banned from Russia in response to the US blacklist published on Friday are linked high-profile cases against Russians in the United States, the judge who sentenced Russian national Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison for arms trafficking was not included in the list.
A lawyer of Russian national Viktor Bout, who has been convicted for arms trafficking in the United States, said on Tuesday he had prepared a complaint about prison conditions.
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