Direkt36: Russian arms dealers

Number 28164
Subject Guns
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State
Year 2018
Publication Date November 23, 2018
Summary Two Russian arms dealers operating in Hungary, Vladimir Lyubishin Sr. and Jr., were apprehended as a result of a U.S. DEA sting operation in late 2016. The Lyubishins wanted to supply a Mexican drug cartel with weapons to protect shipments of cocaine against US authorities and rival gangs. In reality, the Russians were negotiating with paid DEA informants. After the arrests, however, the Lyubishins managed to escape US justice thanks to Hungary’s Kremlin-friendly government as Hungary denied Washington’s request for extradition and sent the two arms dealers to Moscow instead. The operation as well as the extradition scandal was kept secret and was first revealed by my story.
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Keywords Direkt36, Russia, arms dealers, DEA, guns, Lyubishins, gangs, drugs, Hungary, extradition, scandal
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