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1853, 08 Dec 22

Putin’s Death Dealer will Strike Again

This is the monster who Biden unleashed on the world in exchanged for a dope-smoking basketball player. There will be blood.

Bout was chummy with a succession of African dictators, including Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko and Liberia’s Charles Taylor, the latter of whom paid him in conflict diamonds and whose child soldiers operated the antique Antonov cargo planes that Bout sold him. Warlord Sam “Mosquito” Bockarie committed crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone with Bout-proffered weapons. Some of these clients would object to Bout’s apparent racism and peremptory behavior — a pushy Russian in the midst of anticolonial (or postcolonial) leaders. But that hardly affected his bottom line or their willingness to enrich it.


The Tajikistan-born weapons merchant could play both sides of any war to his advantage. He equipped the Taliban with an air force before 9/11 and also sent weapons to their mortal enemy, Ahmad Shah Massoud, the commander of the Northern Alliance and onetime Afghan defense minister, with whom he liked to hunt the finely horned Marco Polo sheep of the Pamir Mountains. Both the Taliban and Massoud evidently knew their broker was double-dealing, but they put up with it because they had no choice, as one Bout associate later recounted to his biographers: “No one else would deliver the packages.”




According to the 2008 sealed indictment against Bout, filed in the Southern District of New York, he agreed to provide advanced weapons systems to the Colombian terrorist organization FARC, knowing they would be used to target Americans and U.S. military personnel.




However, in “Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possibile,” a 2007 chronicle of Bout’s malign activities, authors Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun quote one of his associates: “The GRU gave him three airplanes to start the business. The planes, countless numbers of them, were sitting there doing nothing. They decided, let’s make this commercial. They gave Viktor the aircraft and in exchange collected a part of the charter money. It was a setup from the beginning.” An unnamed analyst who worked with British intelligence also told the authors that MI6, the U.K.’s foreign intelligence service, “never had any doubt Bout was GRU material.”


1853, 08 December 2022


  1. Mike

    Maybe he will start smuggling weapons to ban state citizens.

  2. dad29

    He was GRU, eh?

    Doesn’t mean he’s not CIA, too. He’s very good at playing both sides.

  3. Merlin

    He didn’t walk in a straight exchange for a gay girl hooper. Bout probably left custody with a multi-year NGO contract to more efficiently provide logistical support (funnel arms) into Ukraine for us. We’re not done burning Ukraine to the ground yet. Contract terrorism is his value.

  4. dad29

    I think you’ve got it, Merlin, although the CIA may be looking to burn down another country too.

  5. Jason

    Looks like Peru might be in the crosshairs Dad.

  6. Mar

    This release of this thug is just as bad as Obozo giving up 5 terrorists for Beau Bergdahl.

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