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 communism from Eastern Europe to Africa and the Middle East during the 1990s and early 2000s. Bout was nicknamed the Merchant of Death and Sanctions Buster for his reported 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 the United States ambassador 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Bout has received more than 1,379,754 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Viktor Bout is the 166th most popular extremist (down from 145th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Tajikistan and the most popular Tadzhik Extremist.

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Among extremists, Viktor Bout ranks 166 out of 205Before him are Gary Gilmore, Ibn al-Khattab, Brigitte Mohnhaupt, Ernst Zündel, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and John Bodkin Adams. After him are Howard Marks, Mary Surratt, Irmgard Möller, Peter Sutcliffe, Alexander Pichushkin, and Stuart Christie.

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Among people born in 1967, Viktor Bout ranks 111Before him are Takehito Koyasu, Layne Staley, Satya Nadella, Keith Urban, Benny Benassi, and Basile Boli. After him are Sable, Mario Cipollini, Takehiko Inoue, Akshay Kumar, Jonathan Littell, and Steve Zahn.

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In Tajikistan

Among people born in Tajikistan, Viktor Bout ranks 12 out of 18Before him are Abu-Mahmud Khojandi (940), Rahmon Nabiyev (1930), Vladimir Voinovich (1932), Oqil Oqilov (1944), Qahhor Mahkamov (1932), and Nellie Kim (1957). After him are Kokhir Rasulzoda (1959), Dilshod Nazarov (1982), Rashid Rakhimov (1965), Rasul Boqiev (1982), Khasan Baroyev (1982), and Alan Kasaev (1986).

Among EXTREMISTS In Tajikistan

Among extremists born in Tajikistan, Viktor Bout ranks 1