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    When President Joe Biden ordered that Viktor Bout be freed in exchange for basketball star Brittney Griner it came with conditions that the notorious arms dealer must not profit from his crimes with movies or books, according to the order commuting his sentence. However, legal experts on Friday warned that it may be unenforceable beyond the reach of American courts. Mark Zaid, a Washington, D.C. national security attorney, said deals banning book or movie deals had become commonplace in such cases but came with First Amendment concerns. 'More practically, under the circumstances it will be virtually unenforceable against Bout as he will be outside of the United States and our courts' jurisdiction,' he told DailyMail.com. 'Theoretically, if he used a U.S. publisher or the funds were transferred through a U.S. bank the government could attempt to block or seize those assets, but they would have to know about them in advance.' Notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout was freed on Thursday after President Joe Biden signed an order commuting his 25-year sentence. He was swapped for Brittney Griner in the UAE...
    American basketball star Brittney Griner landed in the US state of Texas on Friday morning, footage showed, after she was released from a Russian prison in exchange for a notorious arms dealer on Thursday. Griner, 32, who was arrested in Russia in February on drug charges, was expected to be transferred to a nearby military facility for medical checks, US media reported. The WNBA star was swapped for Viktor Bout, 55, who was serving a 25-year sentence in a US prison. The swap deal comes against a backdrop of soaring tensions over Vladimir Putin's brutal invasion of Ukraine, and has been criticised by Republicans. This is a breaking news story. More to follow... American basketball star Brittney Griner landed in the US state of Texas on Friday morning (pictured), footage broadcast on CNN and Fox News showed, after she was released from a Russian prison in exchange for a notorious arms dealer RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'She's on the ground': Moment Joe Biden tells Brittney... Even the PENTAGON fears 'Merchant of Death' Viktor...
    BASKETBALL star Brittney Griner has arrived home after being freed from a Russian prison. Her plane touched down in San Antonio, Texas at 4:30am local time on Friday, reports say. 1Brittney Griner has arrived back in the USCredit: AFP The WNBA player was released in a one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout. The one-for-one prisoner exchange was approved by president Joe Biden within the last week, CBS News reported. The agreement was reportedly reached last Thursday. TopicsBrittney GrinerYOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunLatestGRIM END Tragic new details emerge in missing girl's death after FedEx driver's arrestRISKING JUSTICE Sister of Idaho murder victim slams sleuths trying to dig up family historyCASE CRACKED Huge update ‘Boy in the Box’ murder as victim is finally identified by cops'GRATITUDE' Brittney Griner's wife breaks silence on WNBA star's release from Russian jailFollow The SunServices Sign Up To The Sun About Us Editorial Complaints Clarifications and Corrections News Licensing Advertising Contact Us Help Hub Topic A-Z Cookie Settings Contact Preferences © 2020 THE SUN, US, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED |...
    Vladimir Putin's top allies in Russia are mocking America over the recent prisoner swap that saw the US release convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for WNBA star Brittney Griner, claiming that Russia got the better end of the deal. Maria Butina, the pro-Putin MP elected to Russia's Duma after serving a US prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent, led the charge in taunting the US over Thursday's exchange.  'The fact that Russia pushed through the exchange of Bout, whom America fundamentally did not want to give away for many years, right now means that, like in The Godfather, we "made them an offer that cannot be refused,"' Butina boasted in Russian on her Telegram channel.  'This is a position of strength, comrades,' added Butina, who was deported back to Russia in 2019 after serving an 18-month sentence in the US. On Thursday, the US and Russia announced that Griner, who was sentenced to nine years of hard prison time on cannabis-related charges, had been exchanged for Bout.  Maria Butina (left), the pro-Putin MP in Russia's...
    A STING operation led to the US arrest of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. He remained a prisoner of the former until the two countries exchanged him for WNBA star Brittney Griner. 2'Merchant of Death' Viktor Bout was arrested in Thailand and extradited to the USCredit: AP Who is Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout? Born on January 13, 1967, Viktor Bout is an arms dealer, weapons smuggler, and former Soviet Union translator from Russia. The media nicknamed Viktor the 'Merchant of Death' and 'Sanctions Buster' after it was first coined in a speech by former Welsh Secretary of State Peter Hain in 2000. Thanks to Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun’s 2007 book Merchant of Death, Hain's aliases for Viktor stuck as his crimes made headlines. On March 6, 2008, Viktor was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand as the country organized a sting operation with the US. Read More on Viktor BoutRISKY MOVE Brittney Griner inmate swap with Russia is 'like negotiating with hostage taker'HOME FOR CHRISTMAS WNBA star Brittney Griner released by Russia in swap for arms dealer Upon his apprehension,...
    VIKTOR Bout has been released from jail in a one-for-one prisoner swap for the women’s basketball star Brittney Griner. The dramatic moment came more than a decade after he was convicted on charges of conspiracy to kill American citizens and officials. 3Convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout has been swapped for WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was freed from a penal colony on ThursdayCredit: AP 3Griner was held for months in a Russian prison after being convicted of drug chargesCredit: AP 3Bout was convicted of conspiracy to kill American citizens and officials.Credit: Getty Bout exploited the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s and ran a fleet of planes, shipping ammunition to war-torn countries in Africa. He’s also accused of supplying ammunition to brutal regimes and warlords. The former Soviet officer was often able to evade sanctions and embargos that had been imposed by the international community. The planes had been abandoned on the tarmac as the USSR unraveled. Read More NewsLOVE GAME Inside Brittney Griner's marriage to Cherelle as WNBA star is freed from prison'GRATITUDE' Brittney Griner's wife...
    (CNN)Brittney Griner's freedom ultimately hinged on the release of a convicted Russian arms dealer whose life story inspired a Hollywood film. On Thursday, a source told CNN that the US basketball star had been released from Russian detention in a prisoner swap for Viktor Bout, nicknamed the "Merchant of Death" by his accuser. Bout, a former Soviet military officer, was serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles, and provide material support to a terrorist organization. Bout has maintained he is innocent.The Kremlin has long called for his release, slamming his sentencing in 2012 as "baseless and biased." Griner -- who had for years played in the off-season for a Russian women's basketball team -- was arrested on drug smuggling charges at an airport in the Moscow region in February. Despite her testimony that she had inadvertently packed the cannabis oil found in her luggage, she was sentenced to nine years in prison in early August and was moved to a penal colony in Mordovia in mid-November...
    Brittney Griner has been released from a Russian penal colony after the Biden White House was able to reach a deal with the Kremlin on a prisoner swap, according to an administration official. Griner is now in US custody, according to CBS.  Griner, the WNBA star imprisoned on drug charges in Russia, will be returned to the US in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout. The 32-year-old Griner was facing nine years in a Russian penal colony, where she was expected to toil in sweatshop conditions while sewing for 12 hours or more per day. Brittney Griner has been released from a Russian penal colony after the Biden Administration was able to reach a deal with the Kremlin on a prisoner swap, according to an administration official Suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout, center, is led by armed Thai police commandos as he arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand in Oct. 5, 2010. Russia has freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout...
    BRITTNEY Griner has been released from prison in Russia. The WNBA star was released Thursday in a one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout, officials said. 1WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a courtroomCredit: AP:Associated Press More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see videos. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. TopicsRussiaYOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunExclusive'JUSTICE IS COMING' Bill Cosby rape accuser breaks silence after new lawsuit by 5 womenSHOCK TWIST Missing man, 59, last seen 9 years ago found dead & living under different nameExclusiveEXCUSES, EXCUSES Roommate of Casey Anthony's boyfriend tells all about her strange behaviorCRUZ'S PLAYPEN Ted Cruz's daughter Caroline: The truth revealed about her TikTok commentsFollow The SunServices Sign Up To The Sun About Us Editorial Complaints Clarifications and Corrections News Licensing Advertising Contact Us Help Hub Topic A-Z Cookie...
    No matter how lavish the accommodation laid on for him by his grateful clients, Viktor Bout preferred to bed down at night with his helicopter crew, sleeping as close as possible to a chopper that was ready to fly in minutes. In his line of work, a fast getaway was essential. As the world’s most notorious international arms dealer, for decades he ‘got away’ with supplying ruthless warlords, terrorists and criminals with weapons that allowed them to inflict untold suffering across the globe. The shadowy Tajikistani businessman and alleged Soviet spy was famously dubbed ‘the merchant of death’ by British foreign minister Peter Hain and ‘the personification of evil’ by a senior U.S. diplomat — even though Bout was so adept at covering his tracks, the American government unwittingly used his private fleet of 30 transport planes. Bout had a unique reputation for being a ‘one-stop shop’ for the world’s worst warmongers: he could get anything for anyone and, crucially, transport it any time and anywhere. He did this by exploiting the vast arsenals left behind after the collapse of...
    The 'Merchant of Death' arms dealer who is due to be swapped for Brittney Griner in a deal between Russia and the US is 'patient' but 'optimistic' that he soon may be freed, DailyMail.com can reveal.  Viktor Bout has been in prison in the US since 2010. His reputation for fueling violence is so renowned that he inspired the Nicholas Cage film Lord of War.  Despite his background as one of Putin's top associates, the US is prepared to swap Bout for Brittney Griner - the WNBA star currently locked in prison in Russia for bringing a small amount of marijuana into the country in February.  She was sentenced to nine years behind bars earlier this month, a harsh term that shocked President Bide and her fans. The White House had been begging Russia to facilitate a swap with Bout before Griner was sentenced.  Putin held off, citing the ongoing legal trial involving Griner. His lieutenants are now at the table, ready to negotiate letting Griner go in exchange for Bout.  Arms dealer Viktor Bout is currently locked up in...
    (CNN)An attorney for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout said Monday he is "confident" the proposed prisoner swap of his client for Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan is going to happen. "I do have some information about the progress of how things are going ... But that information comes from the Russian side as opposed to the American side," Bout's attorney Steve Zissou told CNN's John Avalon on "New Day." "I'm confident this is going to get done." Zissou continued, "Look, it's no secret they've been wanting him back for several years now. They've been trying to get him back for decades. That's not something they've ever kept secret."The US has offered Bout, who is serving a 25-year US prison sentence, as part of a potential deal to secure the release of Griner and Whelan. But Russian officials have requested that Vadim Krasikov, a former colonel from the country's domestic spy agency, be included in the US' proposed swap of Bout for Griner and Whelan, multiple sources familiar with the discussions have told CNN. Krasikov was convicted in December...
    Former President Donald Trump accused WNBA star Brittney Griner of being “spoiled” and said the potential prisoner swap for the Russian arms dealer dubbed the “Merchant of Death” is a bad idea. Speaking on Saturday on The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, Trump said of the basketball star: “She knew you don't go in there loaded up with drugs, and she admitted it.” On the arms dealer Viktor Bout, Trump added: “It certainly doesn’t seem like a very good trade, does it?” ‘MERCHANT OF DEATH’: WHO IS VIKTOR BOUT, THE ARMS DEALER BIDEN OFFERED RUSSIA IN PRISONER SWAP? He continued: “He's absolutely one of the worst in the world, and he's going to be given his freedom because a potentially spoiled person goes into Russia loaded up with drugs.” On Russia’s drug laws, he said: “They don't like drugs. And she got caught. And now, we're supposed to get her out — and she makes, you know, a lot of money, I guess. We're supposed to get her out for an absolute killer and one of the biggest...
    Stashed away in a federal penitentiary deep in the bowels of Illinois sits a notorious Russian arms dealer named Viktor Bout, a man the Biden administration is rumored to be eyeing as a bargaining chip to procure the release of two American prisoners. Bout has gone by many names over the years, such as the "Merchant of Death" and "Sanctions Buster" — titles he earned for his alleged ruthless and savvy arms dealing from Eastern Europe into Africa and the Middle East following the collapse of the Soviet Union. His black market exploits inspired the Nicolas Cage flick Lord of War and ultimately led to his arrest in 2008 for conspiring to kill Americans. US MAKES 'SIGNIFICANT PROPOSAL' TO RUSSIA FOR GRINER AND WHELAN'S RELEASE “All that remains is for the U.S. government to have the courage to admit the obvious — get what we can for Viktor Bout,” Bout's lawyer Steve Zissou said, per the Washington Post. “The alternative should be obvious — no Americans will be exchanged unless Viktor Bout is sent home along with...
    (CNN)The future of two American citizens detained in Russia could hinge on the release of a convicted Russian arms dealer, nicknamed the "Merchant of Death" by his accusers, whose life story inspired a Hollywood film.Viktor Bout, a former Soviet military officer, is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles, and provide material support to a terrorist organization. Bout has maintained he is innocent.The Kremlin has long called for Bout's release, slamming his sentencing in 2012 as "baseless and biased." CNN reported Wednesday that the Biden administration offered Bout up in a potential swap for American basketball star Brittney Griner and former US Marine Paul Whelan, according to people briefed on the matter. CNN Exclusive: Biden administration offers convicted Russian arms dealer in exchange for Griner, WhelanOn the same day, Griner testified in Russian court as part of her ongoing trial on drug charges following her February arrest at a Moscow airport. Whelan was arrested on alleged espionage charges in 2018 and sentenced to 16-years in...
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