Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer swapped for Griner?

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By Felix Light LONDON (Reuters) – The life of Viktor Bout reads like a spy thriller. Russia got the jailed arms dealer back from the United States on Thursday after exchanging imprisoned U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner for him at Abu Dhabi airport. 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,…

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