Secret Agents Seize Lord Of Wars Huge Arsenal Of Weapons

CENPublished: May 10, 2018
Published: May 10, 2018

Anastasia Smirnova

Russian secret agents have seized an astonishing arsenal of assault rifles, rocket launchers and armoured vehicles in a raid on a warehouse owned by a suspected Lord-of-War-style arms dealer.

Federal Security Service (FSB) officers found weapons including four armoured personnel carriers, rocket launchers, 57 guns and rifles and 35,700 rounds of ammunition.

They were seized from a warehouse in the village of Stroykeramika, near the city of Samara, in south-western Russia's Samara Oblast region.

The haul also included weapons-making machinery and a lorry, with an armoured safe used for transporting weapons.

Local media reports that the warehouse is believed to be owned by local businessman Sergey Marchenko.

The businessman reportedly left Russia after clashes with the mafia in the 1990s returning only two years ago.

Mr Marchenko, also known by his nickname of 'Marchello', is allegedly suspected by police of being involved in various offences including arms trading.

It has also been claimed that a number of women complained of being raped in his swimming pool after being picked up on the streets by his men.

FSB agents are continuing to investigate the huge arms haul. They will reportedly pass on their findings to local police who will make the final decision on charges.

It is not reported whether Mr Marchenko has been arrested.

Russia's Federal Security Service is the country's main security agency and the main successor agency to the USSR's notorious KGB.

Its responsibilities include counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance, as well as investigating major crimes and federal law violations.

Lord of War is a 2005 film starring Nicolas Cage and Ian Holm about a man who capitalises on the end of the Cold War to become a prolific arms dealer.

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