Yes, the arms dealer is Victor Bout, or at least someone who looks very much like him.
And yes, he's being paid in US dollars. It was a poplar stable currency -- as opposed to the terrible state of Ukrainian money at the time -- even in the real-world timeline.
I'm going to be out of the country for a week, and internet access will be spotty. I'll reply to comments and messages as I can, and in the meantime, be good to each other, have fun, and keep up with real Ukraine news. See y'all!
I enjoyed it, myself. There's Nic Cage playing a Ukrainian-American arms dealer who racks up a nice profit during the break-up of the USSR, buying weapons from the Ukraine and selling them to Africa. Ends with a reminder that the five largest arms exporters of the world are also the five permanent UN security council members. Good stuff.
Ah, Victor Bout, long time since I have heard that name. People never seem to remember real arms dealers unless they become prolific, which is sad considering how integrated they are with the world in more than just economies and war. Lord of War may have spotlighted them, but the world will remain ignorant for a long time I'm afraid.