Victor A. Bout
Who is Victor Bout
Victor Bout is a Russian businessman
who became one of the world’s famous on the basis of
fictitious tales and stories which were generated from one
source -- a corrupt United Nations contractor who was
generously paid for the UN contracts he arranged with the
help of others for Victor’s companies, and then became mad
for vengeance when Victor refused to continue paying him.
All you know about Victor Bout is traceable to
Johan Peleman’s report, a report that was written as a novel and
made Peleman an expert, a hero, and a very wealthy man.
Victor Bout is a dynamic, charismatic,
spontaneous, well-dressed, well-spoken, and highly energetic
person who can easily communicate in several languages
including Russian, Portuguese, English, French, Arabic,
among several others. He is a born salesman with undying
love for aviation and eternal drive to succeed.
Victor was born in the Soviet Union,
the city of Dushanbe, in an average home and an average
family. His father and mother were both employees in the
administrative and accounting fields respectively. Victor
went to schools in Dushanbe, the city where his parents were
employed, prior to returning to Moscow. There he was drafted
to do the mandatory military service as a translator serving
in the Soviet Union and abroad, and that was how he got
introduced to Africa.
Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union
Victor decided to leave the military service and start his
own aviation business, the field he was always fascinated
by. And with some help from his family and his wife, Victor
was able to purchase four Antonov-8 cargo aircraft that
became the core and starting point of his fleet and his
Venturing into Africa was a matter of
necessity rather than choice. Victor who had already
invested all he had into the purchase of the AN-8 had no
other choice but to operate in Africa, and particularly,
Angola which was the first and only country to grant a
certificate for civilian operations to the Antonov-8 which
was only certified as military freighter until then.
Pictured here is one of the AN-8 that started the fleet of
The low cost of acquisition of aircraft
and the required crew, and the availability of capacity in a
highly diverse fleet provided Victor with unparalleled
competitive advantage. And until the demise of his
operations in Africa there was not any operator capable of
competing with Victor Bout. Victor's operation turned the
western European competitors to bitter enemies, and that was
the major reason behind the unified efforts to drive him out
of Africa, and the whole world. The stories of arms
trafficking then became a snow ball, a huge matter that had
no core; however, it got bigger with every roll, and plenty
of rolling was added over more than 10 years.
Welcome to the Internet age, and to the
time that any story can become a reality without evidence or
proof as long as the story can circulate long enough, with a
help of those benefitting from it.