The extra time afforded by Pfizer in CBS' newshole was filled by an Armen Keteyian Exclusive in the wake of the indictment of Viktor Boot after his arrest in Thailand in March. Keteyian called Boot "the notorious Russian arms dealer," casually dispensing with the presumption of innocence.
Boot's arrest allowed a pair of undercover FBI agents--dubbed Z and Louie--to come partially into the open: they still wore some disguise for their sitdown with Keteyian in Atlantic City. They detailed their decade-long pose as New Jersey "wise guys," working to infiltrate Russian organized crime mobs based along Brooklyn's Brighton Beach. The Russians are hardly The Sopranos, Keteyian suggested. Instead of running "traditional stuff"--narcotics and prostitutes and sports betting--"this is way up the ladder." The Russian mob offers "diamond and arms smuggling, cigarette smuggling, healthcare and credit card fraud, cybercrime." Z and Louie capped off their anecdotes with a meeting in Zurich with a high-ranking Russian army general who tried to sell them "long-range missiles, tanks, submarines."
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