Merchant Bout of Death: The world’s number one arms dealer, involved in many wars around the world

2022-07-28 0 By

“There are about 550 million guns on the planet. That’s one gun for every 12 people on the planet. So how do I get the other 11 people to have guns?”The line comes from Nicolas Cage’s classic “Lord of War,” in which the “King of bad movies” yuri plays the “Lord of War” amid a glittering field of shell casings, guns firing and soldiers howling.Orlov smiled as he said this.In Yuri’s world view, guns are not about good and evil, guns are not about war and peace, guns are only about one thing — money.Yuri Orlov is a fictional character, but he is also based on real people. Yuri’s story is based largely on the Russian arms dealer Viktor.Bout, who made his fortune selling arms and is worth nearly $60 billion, is better known as the Merchant of Death.Victor was one of the world’s most famous private arms dealers at the end of the last century. He sold arms to more than a dozen countries around the world under the guise of a logistics company, earning billions of dollars.Victor’s business partners included dictators, warlords, revolutionaries and even terrorists.Victor did not ask what they were buying weapons for, nor did he care about the justice of the war, as long as he could make money.He was wanted by the United Nations in the early 2000s for his crimes and was eventually captured in Thailand in 2008. He was extradited to the United States in 2010 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.How did Viktor, a Soviet soldier, end up selling arms?What countries or groups did he support in the wars?The United Nations has labeled Victor a dangerous man, but Victor himself thinks he’s doing a legitimate business. What’s his reason?First, from the Soviet Major to the merchant of Death Viktor.Bout, the mysterious arms dealer, has been behind bars for a decade now, but the fog still hangs over him.Where is Victor from?So far, opinions have been mixed.By his own admission, Viktor was born in 1968 in Dushanbe, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, where his Ukrainian parents were working.As a teenager in the Soviet Union, Viktor went to school quietly and talked little about his youth. As an adult, he joined the army like a normal Soviet youth.At 18 he joined the Soviet Air Force and later spent two years on peacekeeping missions in Africa.After more than three years of training, he has mastered six languages including English, French, Uzbek, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.Fresh out of school, Vic was ready to hit the big time when the biggest turning point in his life came — the collapse of the Soviet Union.The Soviet Union, the most powerful superpower, suddenly dissolved into a dozen smaller republics. Millions of the Red Army was also disintegrated. The republics could not afford to support their armies.Victor’s unit had been disbanded, and this group of pilots and multilinguists had lost their jobs. They were desperate for a way out, and it had to be decent enough to be worthy of status.Using his connections and his parents’ goodwill, Viktor borrowed a little money and set up an airline in the United Arab Emirates, trafficking electronics from Asia to Africa for a small profit.Victor was in his 20s, intent on being a businessman, and had nothing to do with the arms trade.But in 1995 bout was approached by a Bulgarian arms dealer who had been brokered by his KGB father-in-law.There was a civil war going on in Afghanistan, and the Northern Alliance in the mountains in the north was fighting the Taliban in the south, but the Northern Alliance was short of weapons, and both the Bulgarians and the Russians wanted the business.He was seduced by the windfall profits of the Bulgarian arms trade, which brought in millions of dollars in ammunition from Europe to Afghanistan, brokered by A Bulgarian arms dealer, Mikhail Mirtsev.Victor began to travel around Eastern Europe, contacting factories and the army, scrubbing weapons stored in warehouses and shipping them abroad to sell.Victor searches the world for buyers, and based on his experience as a peacekeeper in Africa, Black Africa is definitely the hottest arms market in the world.In 1995, he settled in The South African capital, Johannesburg, and began selling arms to Africa.The 1990s were very turbulent in Black Africa, because the collapse of the Soviet Union created a huge power vacuum, and the Americans and Europeans returned to Africa to support various forces to overthrow the regime in Africa.In addition, there are a lot of nationalist rebel movements in Africa. These armies are similar to terrorist groups, because no one wants to get involved and there is not much the international community can do about them at the moment.In this case, the United Nations to the 1990s war in Angola, Congo, Rwanda, Central Africa, Cameroon and other countries to implement an embargo, in addition to humanitarian supplies, countries are not allowed to sell weapons to them.While the war criminals are struggling, a blond man speaking stiff English appears to sell them Soviet weapons, from pistols and submachine guns to RPG rockets, recoilless guns, and anti-aircraft missiles.That man was Victor.Burt, he pretended to be a philanthropist.After the customer orders, Victor contacts Europe, transport company planes from eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova loaded weapons, transfer to the Middle East, then fly to Africa.With Victor’s support, the parties in Angola and The Democratic Republic of Congo were well armed in what became two of Africa’s worst wars of the 1990s.The Civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as the “African World War”, is the most brutal war in The history of Africa. Nine countries and more than 20 armed forces around the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are fighting in Congo.The discipline of these African armies was so poor that dozens of documented massacres resulted in 4 million casualties and 10 million refugees.It was the largest “national war” since the end of world War II, and the United Nations had no choice but to restrict arms exports to the participating parties.But Victor circumvented international oversight, paid off African UN officials, and sold hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and ammunition to Congo by plane.Almost immediately, Victor was involved in Angola’s civil war, which had been raging for decades.During the 1990s, the angolan parties were largely compromised, with only unita, the national Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA), abandoned by the world, still resisting.UN rules forbid countries to sell arms to UNITA, which started a war in the 1990s, but Victor worked with UNITA to supply arms to the Angolan civil war.When the peacekeepers discovered THAT UNITA soldiers were in possession of AK rifles and RPG rockets, countries immediately began to trace the origin of these weapons.In the end, Victor surfaced, unita used diamonds to pay for weapons, and Victor sold them to Europe, where bloody diamonds turned up in jewelry stores in Paris and London, as depicted in Lord of War.In the late 1990s, the CIA began investigating Victor’s business. His airline had more than 50 large cargo planes that flew frequently in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.Victor would also play the part of a serious businessman, helping the UN and peacekeepers transport weapons and supplies in exchange for legal transport vouchers, but beneath the rice and potatoes was ammunition for various local wars.In addition to selling weapons in Black Africa, Victor later worked with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, selling him armored vehicles, anti-aircraft missiles and attack helicopters.In Afghanistan, The Taliban and al Qaeda were victor’s partners, and al Qaeda, led by osama bin Laden, used AK rifles and RPG rockets sold by Victor to fight American troops.As a result, the Western media called him “the world’s number one arms dealer”.It can even be said that many of the world’s wars in the last 30 years might not have been fought without Victor!In the eyes of the United States, Victor had done so much damage to American interests that the CIA put him on a kill list.Victor himself was no fool, and he knew that against the United States, the CIA would do anything to catch him.So in the early 2000s, he moved to Russia because Russia would not deal with the West, would not prosecute the West, would not extradite people to the West.After settling in Russia, Viktor continued to run his own transportation company, even working with the United States in 2003 to provide logistics for American troops in the Iraq war, hoping that the United States would let him off the grid.But no sooner had the Iraq war ended than the United States continued to pursue Victor, whose ties to aL Qaeda were too complicated to leave him alone.But in the eyes of the Americans, Viktor squatted for years in a dacha on the outskirts of Moscow, remote command, it is too easy to arrest, how to lure him out of the country is a headache.Finally, in 2006, the CIA found a way to “go fishing”. The CIA sent people posing as Colombian rebels to contact Victor, asking for millions of dollars in small arms.At the time, the war between the Colombian government and the rebels was still going on, and Victor thought this was a new direction, a new market to make a lot of money, so he was very active.See Victor take the bait, CIA cheated him because of international diplomatic relations, they can not enter Russia to negotiate, hope Victor can come to Thailand to talk about specific business.Victor was taken in and flew to Thailand.When he arrived in Thailand, victor was grinning from ear to ear when he met the so-called “Colombian rebels” who wanted 10,000 AK rifles, 10m rounds of ammunition, hundreds of mortars, tens of thousands of hand grenades and a tonne of explosives.An agreement was reached that Victor would ship the weapons directly to the Caribbean, with the Colombian rebels paying a 30% down payment.As soon as the deal was done, American agents came to the door. They had installed a voice recorder under the table, and Victor was arrested on the spot.Victor was picked up by Thai police and sentenced to jail in Thailand.The United States pressed for his extradition, and Russia pressured the Thai government not to hand Victor over to the Americans.After two years of wrangling with the United States, Thailand and Russia, Victor was extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for “endangering the national security of the United States” and “killing American citizens.”Victor was 40 when he was arrested, and the “merchant of Death” is likely to spend the rest of his life in an American prison cell.After his imprisonment, he was interviewed by many media outlets, asking for his views on the international arms trade and massacres in local wars.Victor, on the other hand, was calm. He thought of himself as a porter, a cog in the wheel, and that those who produced and used weapons were the culprits of the war, taking the blame for countries and big corporations.He would not disclose the contents of his conversations with the U.S. government, but Victor decided that it would be better to put the U.S. president and cabinet behind bars, the biggest warmongers in the world, than to put himself behind bars.Victor’s imprisonment was a big news event for the international press, which covered it all over the world, but his loss had little impact on the international arms smuggling industry.To this day, arms are the world’s most important trade after oil and food, and arms smuggling is still a big problem in Africa and Latin America. One Victor has fallen, and another has taken his place. Mankind still has a long way to go before this disease is solved.2. “American agents entrap the King of War”, Han Shunli