Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

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By Felix Light LONDON (Reuters) – The life of Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer jailed in the United States and linked to a possible swap for two U.S. citizens detained by Moscow, sometimes reads like a far-fetched spy thriller. Variously dubbed “the merchant of death” and “the sanctions buster” for his ability to get around arms embargoes, Bout, 55, was one of the World’s most wanted men prior to his 2008 arrest on multiple charges related to arms trafficking. For almost two decades, Bout became the World’s most notorious arms dealer, selling weaponry to rogue states, rebel groups and murd…

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