Transit of Viktor

For just about everybody except a handful of Russians and the US Bureau of Prisons, Viktor Bout has been out of sight and out of mind for a few months.  Even Lunghu –one of Viktor’s most avid fans– forgot to check up on his whereabouts.  Well, wonder no more:  last week Lunghu took a peek at the BOP’s Inmate Locator website and learned that Comrade Bout is temporarily housed at FTC (Federal Transit Center) Oklahoma City, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, etc.

Unless the BOP is just having a little fun by bouncing Inmate #91641-054 around the vast Continental United States from region to region, this suggests that Viktor may be destined for a long-term residence somewhere in the BOP’s South Correctional Region.  The map above shows that there are quite a few locations for BOP to choose from –most of them warm and sunny (or hot and sweltering, if you prefer).  Although Lunghu is somewhat disappointed that FCI Fairton thus appears to be out of the picture, he’s gonna cast an alternate vote for FCI La Tuna.  This facility is located near El Paso, Texas and thus has the advantage of being close to the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center and not too far from the US Army’s Fort Huachuca intelligence complex.  The possibilities are legion.

Of course, there’s still much to be done while Inmate Bout is temporarily in Oklahoma City.  Given the ongoing (entirely unofficial) Viktor Bout ransom negotiations, Lunghu considers Bout’s presence in OKC to be a broad-and-none-too-veiled hint to Comrade Bear that Gazprom is expected to pony up some sort of energy-sector assistance for its beleaguered colleagues Aubrey McClendon and Chesapeake Energy.  Perhaps we can anticipate announcement of a joint venture exploration/development deal somewhere on the vast Eurasian continent.


All reasonable offers will be considered.  Remember:  seldom is heard a discouraging word/and the skies are not cloudy all day, etc.



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