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Cold Case

In a piece published by Time for the week of September 20, 2010, entitled "Cold Case," Robert Horn discusses the impact that Victor Bout has had on chilling U.S. relations with Russia.

Bout is accused of selling weapons to multiple groups, including the Taliban and Charles Taylor's militant group in Liberia. Outside of his charges for selling weapons, Bout also stands charged with conspiracy to murder American citizens. It is anticipated that Bout will be extradited from Bangkok, where he is currently being held after a sting operation in 2008 led by US and Thai officials, to stand trial in New York. 

Why the potential chill in U.S. relations with Russia? Douglas Farah, co-author of the book "Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible," claims that Bout, as a former Russian soldier, may have siphoned off national arms stockpiles to sell and that he also used assistance from senior Russian officials to act as protectors. Bout has denied any connection. 

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