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Ukrainian columnist Vitaly Portnikov: Viktor But is needed by Vladimir Putin

Ukrainian columnist Vitaly Portnikov: Viktor But is needed by Vladimir Putin

Ukrainian columnist Vitaly Portnikov: Viktor But is needed by Vladimir Putin

Viktor But is one of the important figures in the arms trade system, linked to the interests of the Federal Security Service and other special services of Russia, believes the well-known Ukrainian columnist Vitaly Portnikov. An arms dealer who had been in an American prison for years returned to the country as part of an exchange.

The Russian regime was interested in freeing Viktor But from US prison from the beginning, Vitaly Portnikov said in a video about the exchange of a well-known Russian arms dealer Wiktor Buta for the American basketball player Brittney Griner.

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According to the Ukrainian publicist, the Russians sought to release But for several reasons. One of them is obvious: the arms trade.

“But is one of the important figures in the Russian arms trade system, linked to the interests of the Federal Security Service and other secret services of Russia, and also – so to speak – with the interests of the president himself Vladimir Putin. It is obvious that But helped to build the influence of the Russian special services in many countries of the world,” recalled Vitaly Portnikov.

Russia has recovered the “merchant of death”. Who is Wiktor But?

Viktor But during a prisoner exchange at Abu Dhabi airport. Photo from the recording Reuters

Threat to Putin

According to the columnist, Viktor But is “necessary” for Putin, because he is “well informed about everything that is related to the interests of the Russian leadership at the highest level.” “Such a man in an American prison is always a threat to Vladimir Putin and other representatives of the military and political leadership of Russia. He is a real ticking time bomb,” Portnikov said. The shoe – according to Portnikov – is also needed by Putin, because the Kremlin needs weapons to continue its armed aggression against Ukraine.

Video of the US-Russia prisoner exchange at Abu Dhabi airport

Video of the US-Russia prisoner exchange at Abu Dhabi airportReuters

Not an accidental exchange

The independent Russian-language portal Meduza wrote that the replacement of Buta during Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine may not be accidental.

“The support of But by the Russian authorities was unequivocal, and at the beginning of 2020 it became particularly noticeable. In December 2021, an exhibition of drawings by an arms dealer, which he made in prison using pastels and a pen, was held at the Social Chamber in Moscow. In November this year, when the Russian invasion of Ukraine had already been going on for more than half a year, an exhibition of his drawings was opened in the Federation Council (upper house of the Russian parliament)” – recalled Meduza.

According to this portal, the chairman of the international affairs committee of the Federation Council, Grigory Karasin, told journalists at the opening of the exhibition that “the whole country is rooting for Viktor But”, accusing United States about “making intrigues” against the Russian.

"Merchant of Death" Wiktor But in prison in the USA

“Merchant of Death” Wiktor But in prison in the USA Reuters

Former Air Force Officer

Born in Tajikistan 55-year-old Viktor But (dubbed “merchant of death” because of his arms trade) is a former Soviet Air Force officer.

According to the Ukrainian section of the BBC, citing experts’ opinions, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Viktor But smuggled Soviet weapons to countries where armed conflicts were taking place, which he illegally bought from military warehouses in former Soviet republics, among which Ukraine was also mentioned.

In 2012, in the US, a Russian man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being charged with conspiracy to kill American citizens and representatives of the country’s authorities. The shoe claimed to be “an ordinary businessman legally operating an international shipping company,” but that did not convince the New York jury.

Main photo source: Reuters

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