The story of “the world’s most notorious weapons trafficker”:

The longer we sat in the small, musty room, the more the tempered side of Bout’s personality receded. I asked whether he felt any remorse. “I did nothing in my mind that qualifies as a crime,” he replied. “Sure, I was doing transportation of arms,” he said. “But it was occasionally. Three hundred and sixty days were normal shipments. For five days, I shipped arms and made a couple of hundred thousand dollars.” (Mirchev, by contrast, recalls a period of “almost daily flights” for UNITA.)

“Disarming Viktor Bout.” — Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker

See also: “Glock: America’s Gun.” — Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan. 14, 2011