Viktor Bout

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Viktor Anatolyevich Bout (; Russian: Ви́ктор Анато́льевич Бут; born 13 January 1967) is a Russian arms dealer. An entrepreneur and former Soviet military translator, he reportedly used his multiple air transport companies to smuggle weapons since the collapse of the Soviet Union from Eastern Europe to Africa and the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s. Bout gained the nicknames the Merchant of Death and Sanctions Buster after Peter Hain of the British Foreign Office read a report to the United Nations in 2003 on Bout's wide-reaching operations, extensive clientele, and willingness to bypass embargoes.On 6 March 2008, Bout was arrested in Thailand on terrorism charges by the Royal Thai Police in cooperation with American authorities and INTERPOL. The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Eric G. John requested his extradition under the Extradition Act with Thailand, which was eventually mandated by the Thai High Court in August 2010. Bout was accused of intending to smuggle arms to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for use against U.S. forces in Colombia, but denied his charges and predicted an acquittal.On 2 November 2011, Bout was convicted by a jury in a Manhattan federal court of conspiracy to kill U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Bout has received more than 2,171,447 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Viktor Bout is the 168th most popular extremist (down from 165th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Tajikistan (down from 12th in 2019) and the most popular Extremist.

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Among extremists, Viktor Bout ranks 168 out of 209Before him are Jan-Carl Raspe, Ibn al-Khattab, Nancy Spungen, John List, Stand Watie, and Joseph Kony. After him are Mary Surratt, Charles Starkweather, Luis Posada Carriles, Yigal Amir, Fred West, and Stanley Williams.

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Among people born in 1967, Viktor Bout ranks 101Before him are Aron Winter, Philipp Kirkorov, Toni Braxton, Mira Sorvino, Takehiko Inoue, and Chuck Schuldiner. After him are Saara Kuugongelwa, Takehito Koyasu, Olafur Eliasson, Gorō Miyazaki, Louis C.K., and Sandrine Bonnaire.

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In Tajikistan

Among people born in Tajikistan, Viktor Bout ranks 14 out of 27Before him are Oqil Oqilov (1944), Abu-Mahmud Khojandi (940), Nellie Kim (1957), Vladimir Voinovich (1932), Kokhir Rasulzoda (1959), and Qahhor Mahkamov (1932). After him are Gulnazar Keldi (1945), Henri Weber (1944), Oinikhol Bobonazarova (1948), Dilshod Nazarov (1982), Manizha (1991), and Rashid Rakhimov (1965).

Among EXTREMISTS In Tajikistan

Among extremists born in Tajikistan, Viktor Bout ranks 1