Russia fears ‘Merchant of Death’ could reveal secrets

Russia fears 'Merchant of Death' could reveal secrets - AFP, October 16, 2010
...Kozyulin said that by seeking to prevent the extradition Moscow is looking to protect Russia's reputation and those of influential figures who made their fortunes working alongside Bout in the 1990s, when weapons were disappearing from across the former Soviet Union.
"In the 1990s everything was possible, the country had fallen apart... and there was no control over military equipment," he said.
"Many among those who profited are now important people. They would be very uncomfortable if someone revealed how they earned their first millions," Kozyulin said...

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