Viktor But

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Date of Birth: 01/13/1967

Age: 49

Place of birth: Dushanbe

Citizenship: Russia


Viktor Bout was born on January 13, 1967 (according to other sources - 13 January 1970) in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan. In the late 1980s, he graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages ??in Moscow and up to the end of 1991, he served in Angola as part of the UN contingent (according to other sources - was an interpreter in the regiment of military transport aircraft in Vitsebsk).

In 1992, Booth moved to Africa. Soon, along with his elder brother Sergei he began air freight, eventually establishing a network of aviation companies, the largest of which was the Air Cess ( "Transavia"). According to some reports, for that he allegedly received illegally from Russian companies more transport aircraft and helicopters, and brought them abroad.

According to experts, in the mid-1990s, Bout has acquired a reputation as an illegal arms dealer. He allegedly worked with both governments and the rebels in the Asian and African countries: in particular, in Afghanistan, Angola, Togo, Rwanda, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Bout also was suspected of having links with the movement "Taliban" and "Al-Qaeda".

Since 2000, as one of the biggest arms dealers Booth mentioned in the reports of the UN and other international organizations, and the US Department of takzhegosudarstvennogo. At the same time, according to some sources, around 1998 Sergei Bout moved away from the illegal business of his brother. In 2005, the US government imposed sanctions against Chichakli Richard (Richard Chichakli), who was considered the chief accountant Bout.

March 6, 2008 Bout was arrested in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, on a warrant issued by the United States. He was detained by employees of US law enforcement agencies, posing as guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who allegedly intended to buy his class "surface-to-air" missiles. US officials said they would seek Bout`s extradition. March 7, 2008 in New York, was arrested alleged accomplice Andrew Booth Smulian (Andrew Smulian). If Bout will be tried in Thailand, he faces up to ten years in prison on charges of aiding and abetting terrorism.

Booth knows several foreign languages, including Farsi, Xhosa, Zulu, English, French and Portuguese.

According to some reports, Booth married. His wife Alla Bout, a native of St. Petersburg, some sources called the daughter of a senior KGB. According to some reports, she is a fashion designer and for many years lived in Africa.