The article describes in some detail how Bout was captured in Bangkok after being set up by the DEA.
Summing it all up, the article concludes:
A big question remains. Why did he leave Moscow when he had proven so skilled at sniffing out risks? A comparison worth drawing is with his swashbuckling English equivalent, an old Etonian-turned-SAS-officer-turned-mercenary, Simon Mann, who launched a failed coup plot in Africa in 2004. The middle-aged Mr Mann pushed on with his hare-brained scheme even when he knew that he should have called it off. He was tempted by money and, perhaps more important, by the chance of a last adventure while showing off to his younger wife.I thought such insight into Bout's psychology interesting.
What was missing in the article, however, was an analysis as to why the United States put so much of its (overstretched) resources into ensnaring Bout who was apparently living in semi-retirement in Moscow. It's not as if he was still as free to operate -- confined as he now was to the Russian capital -- as in the old days when he roamed all over the place.
Jotman reader Sanjuro has translated in its entirety Bout's only major interview in years -- conducted from his jail cell in Bangkok -- for the benefit of Jotman readers. You can read it here.