By Kathi Lynn Austin – SPECIAL TO CNN

A former KGB official residing in Moscow who says he has “friends” in high places in Russia?
Who is the real Viktor Bout?
The ultimate capitalist, who once had the world’s largest arms transport fleet and was contracted by the U.S. Pentagon during the Iraq War?
Or a puppet on the international stage in a show trial reenacting the Cold War?
There is no denying the tug of war between the Russia and the U.S. during the extradition battle in the Thai courts. The process was prolonged as both countries flexed their muscle and weighed in heavily. Hence, Bout was not extradited to the U.S. until November 2010, despite his arrest in a Thai hotel in March 2008.
But the back story is far more complicated… Click here to read more