On 28 July, the Guardian reported that the US has proposed to use him in a prisoner exchange for the WNBA star Brittney Griner and the former US Marine Paul Whelan, 2 high-profile Americans held by Russia. The 2005 crime drama Lord of War, featuring Nicolas Cage was believed to have been loosely based on Bout’s life. Bout was finally arrested at a luxury hotel in Bangkok in 2008, in a spectacular US sting operation in which undercover DEA agents posed as rebels from the Colombian group FARC, and 4 years later he was sentenced in a court in New York to 25 years in prison.
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