|IRAQ: Blacklisted Russian Tied to Multimillion Dollar Deals with U.S. Contractors|
Russian arms trafficker Victor Bout, an alleged arms broker, is behind four air cargo firms used by U.S. contractors, officials say.
by Stephen Braun, Judy Pasternak and T. Christian Miller, The Los Angeles Times
December 14th, 2004
WASHINGTON — Air cargo companies allegedly tied to reputed Russian arms trafficker Victor Bout have received millions of dollars in federal funds from U.S. contractors in Iraq, even though the Bush administration has worked for three years to rein in his enterprises.
Braun, Pasternak and Miller reported from Washington. Times staff writers Sergei L. Loiko in Moscow and Bob Drogin in Washington and researcher John Beckham in Chicago contributed to this report.