Russia Slams U.S. for Bout Sentence

Russia on Friday criticized the United States for sentencing accused arms dealer Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison, calling the verdict “baseless and biased.” Bout was dubbed “Merchant of Death,” which became the title of a book about him, and he also inspired the film Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage. The Russian foreign ministry vowed to do everything to bring Bout back to Russia, and accused the U.S. of “creating intolerable conditions of detention, physical and psychological impact” against Bout.