Thailand Merchant of Death

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 5:58 am (UTC+0)
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Russian weapons merchant Victor Bout shortly after arrest in Bangkok, Thailand on March 8, 2008. He was extradited to US and convicted last year on charges of conspiring to sell weapons to a terrorist group, in this case, shoulder held anti-aircraft missiles to Colombian guerrillas. Photo: AP/David Longstreath

** FOR STORY SLUGGED: THAILAND MERCHANT OF DEATH BY MICHAEL CASEY ** Alleged Russian Arms dealer Victor Bout looks up from a jail cell as he is processed in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, March 8, 2008. According to a former senior U.S. national security official, then President George Bush raised the issue of Bout’s extradition during a visit with then Prime Minister Samak Sundravei. He is currently being held in Thailand after being arrested in a joint US-Thai sting operation. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

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James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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