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

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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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