Freed Arms Merchant: Drugs Have Made America Too Weak

Infamous arms merchant Viktor Bout told Russian state news that the U.S. is too stoned and riddled with cultural degeneracy to rise up against a corrupt federal government.

The convicted international arms dealer was exchanged by the Biden administration last week for WNBA star Brittney Griner. The two-time Olympic champion was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for bringing vape cartridges with hashish oil into a Moscow airport.

In an interview with RT’s Maria Butina said the American media is similar to the old Soviet propaganda apparatus. The difference, he noted, is that Russia’s former rulers realized limits to what the public would accept.

Not so, he said, in the U.S. But Americans are too high on drugs and ethically lost to rise up against the tyranny of Washington.

But, in a wide-ranging interview, said that he does not believe “they’ll have a revolution in the United States.” He asserted that the nation is losing its Christian values, families, and even the country itself.

Waxing historical, the convicted arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death” said that it is no longer the same country that was once referred to as “a sparkling town on a hill.” The U.S., Bout claimed, “is not anymore the same country.”

He spotlighted the federal prosecutions of Jan. 6 protesters as examples of the federal government stifling dissent.

Bout spent years in solitary confinement after his convictions on several weapons charges but was later absorbed into the general prison population. What he described as shocking was the rampant drug use he witnessed while incarcerated.

As he said, “if it happens in a prison, just imagine what is happening out there on the street.”

Bout, who was convicted in 2011, was held in a medium security facility in Marion, Illinois.

Part of his reflections on the U.S. prison population were his positive interactions with rural Americans. He reported they are far more conservative than those from urban areas and “easy to deal with.”

Bout said each American he encountered from a country setting had “no problem with Russia, and he was curious about Russia, despite all the propaganda.”

The arms dealer told Butina that he did not feel necessarily valuable to Moscow, but he was dealt for because “we just don’t leave our people behind.” The one-for-one exchange sparked criticism both in the U.S. and abroad as being wholly one-sided.

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