Second Crimean War #309

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The Doodler
28th Jun 2014, 7:52 PM

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!

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Whiskey T. Foxtrot
29th Jun 2014, 5:16 AM

First rule of business: don't call your customers idiots! Well, at least he got the money first :)

Off-topic: Ever seen the film Lord of War? It's loosely based on the story of Victor Bout and features Ukraine in a pretty central role.

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The Doodler
8th Jul 2014, 12:20 PM

I imagine arms-dealers tend to think ideological types are idiots. :P

I haven't! I've heard of it, though -- is it good?

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Whiskey T. Foxtrot
9th Jul 2014, 8:38 AM

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.

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The Doodler
9th Jul 2014, 11:54 AM

There needs to be more Ukrainian characters in Western fiction. :P
But yeah, that sounds good. And yike. That's a little...well, it might result in a perverse incentive.

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Maverick Entity
29th Jun 2014, 9:31 AM

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.

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The Doodler
8th Jul 2014, 12:25 PM

Yeah, they do cause pretty terrible problems -- I'm guilty of not knowing about the small fry myself -- I can only name two off the top of my head.

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Tantz Aerine
2nd Jul 2014, 3:49 PM

Heh, that first panel of guys just ogling in admiration is so stellar! And real. :D And then we get to sober up with the shadow of 'real war'. :(

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The Doodler
8th Jul 2014, 12:25 PM

Good, I succeeded.

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