Who is Viktor Bout, the ‘Merchant of Death’ the US might trade for Brittney Griner?


Viktor Bout, an outlaw Russian arms dealer known as “The Merchant of Death,” is widely believed to be part of a proposed prisoner swap between the US and Russia for the safe return of Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. Bout has been in US custody since 2008, when a secretive sting operation lead by the Drug Enforcement Administration captured him in Thailand. Bout’s larger-than-lif...

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