- Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was released as part of a prisoner swap with American basketball player Brittney Griner.
- Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 and extradited to the U.S. in late 2010. A federal indictment charged him with conspiracy to kill Americans by selling weapons to Colombian guerrillas.
- Bout went to trial in 2011 in New York City and was convicted on terrorism charges. He was slated to remain in prison until 2029.
- The 2005 film “Lord of War,” starring Nicolas Cage, is a glamorized retelling of his notorious exploits. Read More