Viktor Anatolyevich Bout is the world's most notorious arms dealer since the end of the Cold War. His success lies in the fact that Russia had many arms depots and planes lying around after the end of the arms race. Bout was able to take advantage of this and build an air empire which could carry arms to all sides at a moments notice in a reliable fashion. Bout's clients include: the United States, the United Nations, Angola, Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Taliban, Northern Alliance, Somalia, and so on. Despite the INTERPOL warrant for his arrest, Viktor Bout is still conducting both legal and illegal operations because world leaders rely on him to do their dirty work for them.
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