Who is Viktor Bout, the arms dealer who could be swapped for Griner?

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By Felix Light LONDON (Reuters) – The life of Viktor Bout reads like a spy thriller. Russia wants the jailed arms dealer back in Moscow and is discussing a prisoner swap with the United States that could see him exchanged for Americans imprisoned in Russia including basketball star Brittney Griner. 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 …

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