Who is Viktor Bout, the Russian 'Trader of Death' set to be exchanged for Brittney Griner?

The future of 2 American citizens detention in Russia may be determined

...by the discharge of a convicted Russian arms trader known as the "Beast of Moscow."

His accusers renamed him "Merchant of Death," and his personal story influenced a Hollywood movie.

Ex-Soviet military man Viktor Bout undergoing through a 25-year prison sentence in the U.S.

He involved in anti-aircraft missiles, and provided material support to a terrorist organization. But, he has insisted that he is innocent.

The Russian government has long advocated for Bout's discharge, calling his 2012 paragraph "baseless and biassed."

According to CNN, the Biden administration offered Bout in a potential trade on Wednesday.

People briefed the situation, for American basketball star Brittney Griner and former US Marine Paul Whelan.

Griner testified in Russian judge on the same day as part of her ongoing trial on drug offenses.

Whelan was arrested in 2018 on scepticism of spying and sentenced to 16 years in jail in a trial that US officials presumed unfair.