A Federal US Appeals Court has upheld the conviction of Russian businessman Viktor Bout despite defense suggestions of investigation irregularities, and repeated claims from the Russian authorities that Bout’s extradition to the US was illegal.
With Russian citizens being arrested abroad and being subsequently extradited to the United States become more frequent, the Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a warning advising travelers to carefully choose their destinations.
Alla Bout has registered a non-commercial organization that will help defend the interests of Russian citizens convicted and jailed in foreign countries, as well as inform Russians back home of all such situations around the world.
The US Justice Department has turned down Russia’s request to extradite businessman Viktor Bout, currently serving a 25-year prison term. Moscow condemned the decision, saying it will continue to advocate for Bout.
Thai lawyers for the Russian businessman charged by a US court with 'conspiracy to kill Americans' are awaiting a court hearing in which they will fight to prove the illegality of Bout's extradition to the US from Thailand.