International Man Of Misery Goes To Manhattan

Viktor Bout, the so called “Merchant of Death”, is now in U.S. custody and, if the Russians weren’t already angry enough, now they’re really pissed off.

Accused international arms dealer pleads not guilty

An accused international arms dealer, now in U.S. custody for allegedly agreeing to sell millions of dollars of weapons to a Colombian narco-terrorist organization, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a U.S. courtroom to four counts of terror-related crimes.

Viktor Bout, the alleged dealer, could face life in prison if found guilty, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney said.

The charges he faces are conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals; conspiracy to kill U.S. officers or employees; conspiracy to acquire and use an anti-aircraft missile; and conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. In this case, that would be the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC.

And why might the Russians be upset by this?

Viktor Bout: Whose Secrets Does the Alleged Arms Dealer Know?

According to one defense adviser to the Russian government who served in the upper ranks of the KGB throughout the 1980s, Bout knows at least enough to embarrass, if not incriminate, a lot of Russia’s political brass. “Bout’s background is in military intelligence, so he can explain who does what in those structures,” the defense adviser says, asking to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of what he calls “this dirty business.” But such revelations, he adds, would not make for very exciting news, at least not for the CIA. “The much more worrying factor is [Bout’s] knowledge of the arms trade, which is a very gray area. He knows about military stockpiles, and he can explain which of our brother-nations are given access to what kinds of weapons, what kinds of bribes are given for access to these weapons, how international rules are skirted, and so on. On top of that, he has a lot of associates he can name, because you don’t conduct a business like this on your own. Of course this is all very messy.”

See also:
Arms Secret Dealer
Feds: Russian arms suspect not beyond law’s reach
‘Merchant of Death’ wanted clients who killed Americans: feds
Viktor Bout: Capturing “The Merchant of Death”
Russian weapons accused in court
Russia insists Bout given fair trial – FM
Russia demands fair trial for Bout
Bout Has ‘No Secrets’ To ShareRussia: Arms suspect has ‘no military secrets’
Russia: Arms suspect has ‘no military secrets’
Bout told Moscow ‘tried to assassinate him’ – spouse (update 1)
US captors of alleged arms dealer Bout detail Thailand sting
Thai government ordered Bout’s extradition in advance – source
Russia says U.S. offers deal to arms suspect Bout
Accused arms dealer claims U.S. tried to force a confession
Merchant of Death ‘not for sale’

It’s pretty obvious that Bout knows quite a lot about trafficking in Russian/Soviet arms and, given his track record, he’s a very bad actor and life in prison is too lenient a punishment for what he’s done. The Russians should be plenty nervous about what he might say and who he might incriminate. After all, Viktor was trying to sell anti-aircraft missiles, you don’t get those just anywhere, you need serious military and political connections.

But we need to be careful with this prosecution and be ready for blowback.

/There is a heavy price to pay for dealing with Lord of War

Russians Say Nyet To Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

MW2 SPOILER ALERT!

Russia bans Modern Warfare 2 over “airport terror” level

Modern Warfare 2 continues to be dogged by controversy, as its sales soar. While British MPs bicker about banning the game, Russia has done just that, removing it from sale and recalling all copies sold.

The Russian government pulled Modern Warfare 2 as a response to the Russian airport terror level, which we first revealed a few weeks back. But Russian gamers are also taking to gaming sites to attack developer Infinity Ward for its portrayal of their nation.

Infinity Ward will submit an edited version of the game within the month, hoping that the Russian government will be mollified enough to restore Modern Warfare 2 to the shelves. It has also removed the airport terror level entirely for Russian gamers.

Modern Warfare 2 sees Russia and America at war after the Russian Federation is taken over by a group of ultra-nationalists. Now what about that could possibly offend the Russians? Perhaps they should take a peep at the Modern Warfare 3 spoof instead.

Gee, now why would the Russian government be offended by this?

See also:
Modern Warfare 2 apparently nixed by Russian authorities
Russia Threatens Modern Warfare 2 Ban, Game Yanked From Shelves
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 banned in Russia
Modern Warfare 2 facing potential recall in Russia
Modern Warfare 2 censored in Russia?
Russian airport massacre prompts Modern Warfare 2 ban
‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’ Banned In Russia
Modern Warfare 2 banned in Russia due to civilian massacre scene
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Banned in Russia
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 banned in Russia
Russians don’t like Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2’s Misunderstood Terrorist Level
Modern Warfare 2: Examining the Airport Level
Reflecting on Modern Warfare 2’s Airport Massacre

/first the PC gamers and now the Russians, who will Activision/Infinity Ward piss off next?