Russian officials offered to exchange up to 15 US citizens serving sentences in Russia for convicted Russian arms dealer Victor Bout, revealed his wife Alla Bout at a press conference in the Russian Consulate General building in New York on Tuesday.
Alla Bout said «some steps taken by Russian government» to agree a prisoner swap but the US side refused the offer, stating that the citizens were of... Еще «little interest» to them. She added that the US continues to imprison Bout «as a warning to others».
She also accused the US government of running «a calculated public opinion campaign» against her husband.
«It is [useless] for me to apply to American funds from the point of view of some defence lawyers, I think, they would rather advocate for Sentsov and Pussy Riot activists than Victor Bout.»
The man widely known as the 'Merchant of Death' is serving a 25-year prison term at a Virginia jail after being convicted of illegally selling weapons to the FARC in 2011.