What secrets can sail to the United States, coupled with Booth?

"It's going to happen today," — stunned the media Prime Minister of Thailand, and only a half hour of any Viktor Bout dostalenny the airport under the cover of snipers, special plane flew to the United States, accompanied by six officials of U.S. intelligence.

It came out for the three day or until the expiration of his likely extradition. And the lawyers, and the Russian Embassy, and his wife Alla Bout learned about everything after the fact. As the Russian Consul in Thailand Andrei Wipers, "any comments from the Thai side did not arrive."

— I am currently in a very languid state, since all it was a complete surprise — said on Radio "KP" Alla Bout. — The decision was taken at 8 am, I arrived at the jail, Victor is taken to the airport. Despite the fact that the legal proceedings are, and the Prime Minister said that the government will not interfere in the process, it is extradited! The Government of Thailand — a South American doll! And that will continue, I imagine bad. I think that is such a farce and a circus.

Recall Viktor Bout was arrested on a warrant of the Office of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on holiday in Thailand in 2008. After that, representatives of the U.S. intelligence services tried to take him by force to the U.S. where he shines indefinite period of time. Washington accuses the businessman of illegal gun trafficking and supporting terrorist organizations in Colombia, which the Americans as being involved in drug trafficking.

Thailand refused to give Booth States, and he was preparing to return to their homeland, but the Americans have filed an appeal and almost won. Yes outsmarted themselves — not knowing thai verdict, the United States and sent it safe package with new accusations. Bout's extradition had to postpone the hearing and start on the second case. Protection as it could delay the process — in fact, as already indicated, the term extradition proceeded for 19 November, but to no avail.

"There is no doubt that the illegal extradition of Viktor Bout — a consequence of unprecedented political pressure exerted by the U.S. government and the judicial authorities of Thailand. All this can not be characterized differently, as an intervention in the embodiment of justice and calls into question the independence of the Thai judicial system and the decisions taken by the Thai authorities, "- said the Russian Foreign Ministry, promising to protect the Russians already on the ground the United States. And Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov referred to the story "an example of the outrageous injustice."

The same view is held and lawyer Victor Bout, Lac Nitivat Wichai.

— The decision on the extradition of one hundred per cent against the Thai law. In my opinion, this is a real precedent in the history of world justice. I want to be a lawyer of Mr. Booth and do everything possible within the framework of Thai law. But the main intrigue still now unfold in a New York court. I believe that our homeland should immediately intervene. This step Washington — very unfriendly and dangerous decision. United States, as well as our home, one of the leading countries in the world, and forcing the Thai government to extradite Viktor Bout, they hit the global justice — said the Witch.

Viktor Bout '43. He graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages and until 1991 served as an interpreter at the Vitebsk Regiment military transport aircraft, do puzzles in Angola and other African countries. By 1998, Booth already had airline Air Cess Liberia with 50 aircraft. Since 1992, started its business in South Africa — organized transportation. In 1993, he moved to live in the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. hunt for Booth, from the end of the 1990s, including its large illegal gun dealer. In 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush personally signed an order to freeze the assets of Bout.

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What secrets can sail to the United States, together with Booth?

By a huge number of charges that the United States impose a Russian businessman Viktor Bout, there is one very "exotic" version — Tipo he was engaged in trade instrument under the "roof" of the Head Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. Therefore, they say, and the Russian authorities turned a blind eye to his "tricks." Is this true? To clarify the situation, a military analyst "KP" Victor Baranez talked with former GRU officer Col. Vladimir Katchalov.

— Vladimir, it is clear that Booth once finished Military Institute of Foreign Languages, which is "supervised" the GRU. He worked for your department?

— Booth has never been an officer of the GRU. It is a short time after college really was in the Army, then resigned and took up the case. Then his relationship with the armed forces over.

— But, perhaps, business Booth could only cover operations GRU?

— Let's say your reason reason. But then you will be able to provide for themselves GRU officer, about half of the world where they say loudly that he was "Lord of War, number 1," which drags very long trail of rumors that enters the booming international scandals, against whom the United States and Thailand in the criminal case, and for all that he is a staff member of the GRU? If it was so, Booth after the first minute "exposure" was removed from the game and tucked away!

— What if Booth did so annoy the Yankees, they clung to him with their teeth?

— As I understand, he was in the midst of fierce competitive struggle in the international air transport market, came on the heels of some influential South American firms operating in particular, under the auspices of the CIA and the U.S..

— But the Americans say that the company was engaged in illegal trade of Bout's weapons, supplied him separatists …

— Americans can read anything. All of their accusations are embroidered snow-white threads, Booth them totally torn. I will say even more. United States so far have not provided convincing RF documentary evidence against Bout.

— And if after being extradited to the United States, this "evidence base" will appear?

— I do not rule out that the South American tribunal will be able to scrape up some charges against Bout, not to sit in a puddle. But in any case, the Russian legal profession must be in possession of documents charges. These documents need to be firmly "to take on a tooth." That did not work the apparent arbitrariness. It is time. And two: I do not exclude also that South American tribunal will kick some of Booth's "sensational" recognition and secrets. It all depends on what line of defense will take Booth and his lawyers.

— And some military secrets Booth can give the U.S.?

— Again, I repeat: Booth has long been not a regular army officer. It has long been cut off from any military secrets. The largest of its "military secret" — he delivered abroad on their own aircraft gun or a potato?

Comments Professionals

Pavel Astakhov, a lawyer: "In Russia, all have reason to seek the abolition of the solution"

— Thailand, taking a decision on the extradition of Viktor Bout, has decided what is called, to wash their hands. Because of course, that the Thai authorities did not have enough evidence in order to bring him to justice, why so long all this history and ongoing. We have a contract with the United States for assistance in criminal matters. Because in the Russian Federation there is every reason to seek extradition of Bout back to Russia.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the LDPR favorite: "There may have been corruption"

-In Thailand, there was no legal basis to transfer its South A
merican authorities. There was no request Interpol find him, because it is a pure abuse, maybe there was a corruption.

Nikolai Zlobin, director of Russian and Asian programs at the World Security Institute, USA: "We have to work with Booth with the Yankees"

— The Yankees are not entertaining himself Booth, and the information available to it. A more realistic at the moment on our part — is to agree with the Yankees to working with Booth. And they suspect that Booth has information that our motherland wants to hide.

Leonid Slutsky, deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on international affairs, "Reloaded" is tugovato "

— You have to be realistic: the U.S. position in Southeast Asia, stronger positions of. The declared "reset" is, to put it mildly, tugovato. One of its indicators could be a Russian-American cooperation on the delicate and sensitive case of Victor Bout.

Alla Bout, "In America, I will not give to see a spouse"

Two months back in Thailand, our correspondent talked to the wife of Viktor Bout.

…I phoned Alla Bout on mobile in 22 hours on Moscow time, forgetting that in Thailand for more than three hours.

— Do you realize how much time? — First severely chastised me Alla, although she also did not think to go to bed. — What is there to sleep! We are standing in front of a lock-up — do not know, it will take out or not. And the night will stand … If at the moment Victor withdraw, I understand correctly, that maybe I'll see him one last time! In America, I will not give to see him. (At the time of our communication was not yet clear that the Thai authorities have postponed the issue of extradition until the middle of September.. — Ed.) (Read more)

OFFICIAL

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: the illegal extradition of Bout — a consequence of unprecedented political pressure

Contrary to the two decisions of the criminal court in Thailand, pleaded guilty Viktor Bout unproven, this citizen Russian Federation after a 2-year detention in Thailand's bullpen gave South American law enforcement agencies. These acts, according to Thai media disk imaging, made with the approval of the Government of Thailand. From the perspective of the law has occurred can not have the best explanations and opravdaniya.Ne doubt that the illegal extradition of Viktor Bout — a consequence of unprecedented political pressure exerted by the U.S. government and the judicial authorities in Thailand

DOSSIER

A year earlier, Thai tribunal has torn a U.S. request for extradition Bout with the wording: "This is a political case. Thailand does not consider the FARC a terrorist organization." But now the South American government was able to insist on their own.

Viktor Bout '43. He graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages and until 1991 served as an interpreter at the Vitebsk Regiment military transport aircraft, do puzzles in Angola and other African countries. By 1998, Booth already had airline Air Cess Liberia with 50 aircraft.

Since 1992, started its business in South Africa — organized transportation. In 1993, he moved to live in the United Arab Emirates.

U.S. hunt for Booth, from the end of the 1990s. In 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush personally signed an order to freeze the assets of Bout. Two years later, a Thai businessman was arrested by police in Bangkok.

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