Russia Slams U.S. for Bout Sentence

    WHITE PLAINS, NY - NOVEMBER 16 2010: In this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, former Soviet military officer and arms trafficking suspect Viktor Bout (C) deplanes after arriving at Westchester County Airport November 16, 2010 in White Plains, New York. Bout was extradited from Thailand to the U.S. to face terrorism charges after a final effort by Russian diplomats to have him released failed. (Photo by U.S. Department of Justice via Getty Images)

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    Russia on Friday criticized the United States for sentencing accused arms dealer Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison, calling the verdict “baseless and biased.” Bout was dubbed “Merchant of Death,” which became the title of a book about him, and he also inspired the film Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage. The Russian foreign ministry vowed to do everything to bring Bout back to Russia, and accused the U.S. of “creating intolerable conditions of detention, physical and psychological impact” against Bout.

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