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WAR: Global Arms - Trafficking Network Designated by US (Update: Viktor Bout Extradited)

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posted on Oct, 26 2006 @ 11:34 PM
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UN has voted yes to begin work on an international arms trade treaty. 139 states voted in favor, US voted against it, while Russia and China didn't vote at all.


BBC: UN initiates arms trade agreement

27 October 2006



A United Nations committee has voted overwhelmingly to begin work on drawing up an international arms trade treaty. The measure would close loopholes in existing laws which mean guns still end up in conflict zones despite arms embargoes and export controls.

Only the US - a major arms manufacturer - voted against the treaty, saying it wanted to rely on existing agreements. A total of 139 states voted for the motion. There were 24 abstentions. Major weapons manufacturers such as Britain, France and Germany voted to begin work on the treaty, as did major emerging arms exporters Bulgaria and Ukraine. Russia and China, also major arms manufacturers, were among the countries to abstain. The UK ambassador for disarmament at the UN, John Duncan, said the vote was "a great success".

The UN secretary general has one year to produce a report on how to introduce common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.




posted on Oct, 27 2006 @ 01:58 AM
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This has probably been mentioned, but did you all know that the movie "Lord of War" was loosely based on this guy and some other arms dealers?

the part in the movie with "andre bobtist" is supposed to represent charles taylor. Whereas "yuri orlov" is supposed to be the embodiment of 6 different arms dealers.

I just had to mention that, I loved the movie.



posted on Oct, 31 2006 @ 12:30 AM
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Yup, Lord of War is already mentioned in this thread. I think I posted on page two or three.

Update:
Viktor Bout has been redesignated by the US.


U.S. Treasury - Recent OFAC Actions: 10/30/2006

10/30/2006



The following changes have been made to OFAC's SDN list:

BOUT, Viktor Anatolijevitch (a.k.a. BONT; a.k.a. BOUTOV; a.k.a. BUTT; a.k.a. BUTTE; a.k.a. SERGITOV, Vitali); DOB 13 JAN 1967; alt. DOB 13 JAN 1970; Businessman, dealer and transporter of weapons and minerals (individual) [LIBERIA] -to- BOUT, Viktor Anatolijevitch (a.k.a. BONT; a.k.a. BOUTOV; a.k.a. BUTT; a.k.a. BUTTE; a.k.a. SERGITOV, Vitali); DOB 13 JAN 1967; alt. DOB 13 JAN 1970; POB Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Dealer and transporter of weapons and minerals; Owner, Great Lakes Business Company, Compagnie Aerienne des Grands Lacs, Bukavu Aviation Transport, and Business Air Services (individual) [LIBERIA] [DRCONGO]

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posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 09:58 PM
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FSB and Bout activity in Pennsylvania. They are illegally buying restricted items in the United States. Bout was in Beirut just before sophisticated armor-piercing Fagot and Kornet anti-tank missiles made its appearance on the scene. And Bout delivered arms with official Russian support to the Islamic militias in Somalia and Eritrea.


Douglas Farah: What is Russia's Real Game (Again-With Viktor Bout)

Nov 27, 2006



A small sporting goods store in rural Pennsylvania was just busted for selling telescopic rifle scopes, binoculars and optics, which need State Department export authorization, to a Russian company that did not have such a license.

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So, we have Russian intelligence agents illegally buying restricted items in the United States. But it gets better. A good chunk of the money for the purchases, according to federal officials, came from (hold on Bout fans) Rockman Ltd, a Bulgarian firm owned by Sergei Bout, who has often run Bout companies involved in weapons transactions. As one U.S official told the Times, “Sergei and Viktor’s companies are all under the same umbrella.” The rest of the money came from Haji Ibrahim, a Pakistani man wanted on federal charges of heroin trafficking. Nice bunch!

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Intelligence sources say Bout was spotted in Beirut during the fighting, shortly before the sophisticated armor-piercing Fagot and Kornet anti-tank missiles were discovered. Interesting coincidence.

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with official Russian support, his aircraft have been spotted delivering weapons to the Islamic Court militias in Somalia and arming the Islamist allies in Eritrea.

Click the link to read the full version...



posted on Dec, 6 2006 @ 04:43 AM
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[color=00FFC8]New film about conflict diamonds and the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone.


U.S. Alarmed by Film on Diamond Trade


U.S. officials, worried that a new Leonardo DiCaprio film about the trade of "conflict diamonds" to finance African warfare might misinform the public, say international efforts to combat the illicit commerce have been successful.

Some human rights groups say, however, that illegal diamond trade still is fueling conflict around the world.

The trade in diamonds originating in conflict zones, sometimes called "blood diamonds," has helped pay for wars in Africa that have killed millions in Angola, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Congo.

The film, "Blood Diamond," set amid the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone in the late 1990s, opens in U.S. theaters Friday.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

[color=00FF64]I have never been a DiCaprio fan, but this film sounds interesting. I hope it is good.

[edit on 2006/12/6 by Hellmutt]



posted on Dec, 7 2006 @ 11:36 PM
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From Foreign Policy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2006:

Douglas Farah on Viktor Bout (pdf file)


[color=70DBDB]I didnt know that Viktor Bout also transported relief supplies for the 2004 tsunami survivors...



posted on Apr, 1 2007 @ 05:10 PM
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They're making it more difficult for Viktor Bout to move weapons to African war zones. But it's taking way too long. Bout might be celebrating his 100th birthday before they'll (hopefully) manage to put him out of business...


Douglas Farah: More Small Steps to put Viktor Bout out of Business

Mar 30 2007



Today the U.S. Treasury Department took another step to crimp the style of Russian weapons trafficker Viktor Bout.

The OFAC freezing action of seven companies and three individuals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) followed yesterday’s similar action by the United Nations Security Council and is aimed in part and restricting Bout’s ability to continue to illicitly move weapons to African war zones.



posted on Apr, 10 2007 @ 05:11 PM
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Viktor Bout (and others) routinely violate the UN travel ban. Russia does not cooperate...


Douglas Farah: The Ineffectiveness of the UN Travel Ban Lists

Apr 9 2007



Just ask Gen. Mohammad Basqer Zolqadr, a Iranian Revolutionary Guard general and deputy interior minister. He publicly and happily violated the UN ban with a recent official visit to Russia.

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“Despite resolution 1747 which imposed a travel ban on some members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, including me, I traveled to Russia and no restriction was applied,” Zolgadr crowed on returning home.

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Like so many cases in recent weeks (Somalia, Lebanon, Iran), Russia has shown no regard for international law or anything other than mercenary considerations in its weapons sales and

Among those who routinely violate the travel ban in Viktor Bout, who resides in Moscow, but has traveled to Europe (Moldova and elsewhere), Beirut, Cyprus and other points.



posted on Apr, 27 2007 @ 07:38 PM
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UN has lifted the ban on diamonds from Liberia.

BBC: UN lifts Liberia diamond sale ban


27 April 2007

The United Nations Security Council has voted to lift a 2001 ban on the export of diamonds from Liberia.

The ban was meant to stop proceeds from the sale of so-called "blood diamonds" fuelling wars in West African nations.

Correspondents say the UN decided Liberia has made enough progress, but that it must certify diamonds for sale do not originate from conflict zones.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Jun, 7 2007 @ 07:30 PM
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Charles Taylor "appeared" in court. Richard Chichakli lost in court.

Douglas Farah: Charles Taylor on Trial, Chichakli's Motion is Denied


Jun 6, 2007


Former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, almost unnoticed, made his first non-appearance before the special court that has charged him with 11 counts of crimes against humanity.

Saying he was being railroaded, and having fired his attorney in order to conduct his own defense, Taylor boycotted the trial, but the opening statement by the prosecution was given anyway. It detailed the horrendous atrocities Taylor presided over in the interests of making money.

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One of Taylor’s facilitators was Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer, who, along with his U.S.-Syrian friend and accountant Richard Chichakli, have had their assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department.

Chichakli, now in Moscow, has vigorously disputed his designation. On Monday a U.S. District court judge filleted Chichakli in a ruling, denying his motions to dismiss, upholding Treasury’s actions and generally leaving Chichakli completely in the cold.

Amputation of arms, legs, ears and lips of children as young as 2 years old of desire for money, diamonds and power. They might get punished in their afterlife for this, but they'll hopefully get punished in this life as well. If the law fails to judge them, we'll need a new law imo.



posted on Jun, 8 2007 @ 02:40 AM
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One thing I have learned here on ATS is that a lack of replies doesn't nessecarily mean it isn't being read.
I just wanted to take a second to say thanks for the research Helmutt, this thread is a frightening glimpse into the third world's closet.



posted on Jun, 18 2007 @ 05:36 PM
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Originally posted by Hellmutt

Richard Chichakli lost in court.

Like I said, Chichakli lost his case. The Yorkshire Ranter found a page with Chichakli's reply. He basically says that he is "oh so innocent" and there are "evil journalists" (like Douglas Farah) who are out to "get him", in order to sell books and make money.


The Accountant Gives His Account



The government maintains Chichakli was an accountant to Viktor Bout, who is allegedly the world’s most notorious gun-runner and is known as the “Merchant of Death.” Chichakli says there is no merit to the allegations and that journalists who say otherwise (including Douglas Farah, who we quoted yesterday) are simply exaggerating the truth to make a buck.

But he lost in court, so he can play "innocent" all he wants...


Related:
Chichakli Filleted By Local Federal Judge
TYR: Bout-Chichakli update



posted on Jun, 24 2007 @ 02:49 PM
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Book On Viktor Bout

Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun's book on Viktor Bout is out. Some interesting read, I bet...

TYR: Book alert: Doug Farah vs Viktor Bout

June 24, 2007

And then there's this:


As soon as Bout's plane took off, British agents sent an encrypted message notifying superiors in London to prepare for his imminent arrest in Athens. But shortly after the message was sent, the aircraft suddenly veered off its flight plan and disappeared in mountainous terrain. About 90 minutes later the plane reappeared on radar screens, and when it landed in Athens, Greek and British special forces stormed the aircraft, only to find it empty except for the pilots and a few passengers..."There were only two intelligence services that could have decrypted the British transmission in so short a time," says one European intelligence official familiar with the operation. "The Russians and the Americans. And we know for sure it was not the Russians."


mensvogue.com: Book excerpt | Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the "Merchant of Death," runs guns and reaps millions: Black Book:



For 15 years, Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout has run guns to African warlords and Islamic militants, reaping him hundreds of millions of dollars. So why hasn't the U.S. stopped him? Because we needed him.


mensvogue.com: Interview - q&a: stephen braun & douglas farah


In their new book Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible (John Wiley & Sons, 2007), Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun paint a grisly picture of Russian gunrunner Viktor Bout. The intrepid authors recently spoke with Men's Vogue editor Hudson Morgan, discussing the perils of taking on one of the world's most dangerous men, the rivals whose wings Bout clipped, and those awkward moments when they were forced to break news about Bout to U.S. officials who'd been kept in the dark.



posted on Jun, 24 2007 @ 03:49 PM
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And for those still haven't seen Lord of War w/Nicholas Cage, should see the movie...

I wonder if the 'evil empire' doesn't mind him (Bout) being active.
Afterall, how much money isn't being produced on weaponry made? -Only to fight what could have been stopped way earlier.




posted on Jul, 3 2007 @ 05:16 PM
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Charles Taylor In Court

Charles Taylor made a surprise appearance at the UN court in the Hague today. He pleaded "not guilty".


The Guardian: Former Liberian leader ends boycott of war crimes trial

July 3, 2007


The former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who is accused of war crimes, today appeared at a UN special court for the first time after previously boycotting the trial.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Jul, 3 2007 @ 05:22 PM
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The question i will ask here is:

Where who is the suplier of this arms...(What goverment)??

He is only the middle men. What goverment and whom from such goverment provide him of such?



posted on Jul, 3 2007 @ 06:02 PM
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Originally posted by pleyades

He is only the middle men. What goverment and whom from such goverment provide him of such?

I assume you're talking about Viktor Bout? There are many weapons dealers, and they mostly get their weapons from former USSR countries. The huge stockpile of weapons in Tiraspol is a good example. The dealers buy the weapons from whoever has control over them (mafia?) and sell them to warlords (like Charles Taylor) or even to terrorists around the world. As long as they have money or valuables (i.e. diamonds or gold).

The difference between Viktor Bout and the other weapons dealers, is that he offers a "full service" by also flying the goods into the warzones. He can offer this service as he owns the biggest fleet of civil aircrafts. The US uses Bout's network and his planes in Iraq, so that's why they're protecting him. Bout kept flying for the US even a year after this thread was started! And maybe he still is flying for the US? There is a chance that after those 300,000 machineguns disappeared on their way from former Yugoslavia to Iraq (on one of Bout's planes), they changed their minds about using Bout? Or maybe those gun's disappearance was a part of a secret plan? Those guns might be in Iraq now, or they might be in Somalia...


Once again, I recommend to check out the book by Farah (mentioned above).



posted on Jul, 7 2007 @ 02:51 AM
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9/11 and 3/11

This is interesting:

mensvogue.com: Book excerpt...(page 4)


The officials were focused mostly on the Bout organization's uninterrupted flow of arms to African despots and the Taliban—not to mention the worst-case possibility that Bout might help deliver a nuke to terrorists. Soon thereafter, Lee Wolosky, the top NSC official leading the effort to nab Bout, briefed Condoleezza Rice's national security team and scheduled a pre–presidential briefing meeting for September 11, 2001. In the chaos of the morning's events, the hunt for Viktor Bout was essentially lost, buried in the rubble of 9/11.

and this:

mensvogue.com: Book excerpt... (page 5)


A small band of European intelligence officers was authorized to try and nab Bout again during a visit he planned to Madrid in March 2004. But on March 11, an Al Qaeda–affiliated terror group set off bomb attacks on the city's train system, killing 191 people and wounding thousands of others. Bout canceled the trip. "It was a very good plan—we would have had him," says one operative involved.



posted on Jul, 21 2007 @ 06:25 PM
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Viktor Bout Is Still In Business

Viktor Bout's planes are still trafficking weapons to Somalia. And elsewhere too, I bet. An undercover operation by The Times of London revealed how easy it was to arrange a weapons delivery to the Islamists in Somalia, despite a UN arms embargo..


Douglas Farah: Viktor Bout's Planes Still at It


Jul 21 2007


The Times of London has just outed another aircraft tied to Viktor Bout by U.N. reports, to arming Islamist radicals in the Horn of Africa.

The undercover sting operation by the newspaper found that a Russian, Alexander Radionov, whose Antonov 8 aircraft in Sharjah was already identified as a Bout aircraft, was willing to fly a load of weapons to the Islamic Court Union forces in Somalia, even though Somalia is still under a U.N. arms embargo.

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Not only does the embargo exist on paper, but the journalist posing as an arms purchaser specifically stated the flights would not be declared, and that they would be dropped in an area clearly controlled by the Islamists.

As the Times noted, “The offer to hire out an aircraft and provide parachutes for the mission to Somalia, which is under a United Nations arms embargo, demonstrates how easy it is to flout the efforts of western governments to stop illegal arms trafficking.”

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The London Times piece comes just before the reported a major bribery investigation into the operations of KBR, the giant contractor, for the flights it hired into Iraq and Afghanistan. (KBR were among those who hired Viktor Bout’s aircraft to fly to those destinations.)



posted on Jul, 28 2007 @ 06:05 AM
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Somalia

There are now more weapons in Somalia than ever before...


Ex-Viktor Bout Aircraft Running Guns to Somalia

July 27, 2007


The latest UN Monitoring Group report on Somalia is out. BBC News reports that Eritrea is accused of sending the ex-ICU large quantities of weapons aboard a chartered Boeing 707. Looking up the report, it turns out to be 9G-OAL, serial no. 19350, registered to a Ghanaian firm, Aerogem Aviation. Aerogem was contacted by the Group, and blamed a lessee of the plane, Fab Air. Fab Air (ICAO: FBA) is a Kyrgyz company based in Sharjah (natch), whose Kyrgyz AOC was revoked in January.

The 1966-vintage 707-324C has form, lots of form; from January 1996 she was working for Viktor Bout's Air Cess, before going on lease to Pamir Air, based in Mazar-i-Sharif while Bout and Chris Barrett-Jolley were working for Abdul Rashid Dostum (all the other aircraft there ended up with Santa Cruz Imperial/Flying Dolphin/Dolphin Air/Phoenix Aviation/AVE in Sharjah), before working for Johnsons Air (see here, here , here, and here) in Ghana as 9G-OLD (well, that's about right).


BBC: Eritrea 'arming' Somali militia

27 July 2007


Insurgents in Somalia have received huge numbers of weapons in secret shipments from Eritrea, the UN says.

There are now more arms in Somalia than at any time since the civil war started in 1991, the UN report says.


There are more arms in Somalia than ever before


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