A British YouTube Benjamin Rich and his girlfriend have been arrested near a Russian missile site as officials investigate their “illegal activities”. According to officials, YouTuber Benjamin Rich, who has more than 3.5 million subscribers, was detained at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Benjamin Rich, known for his tourist channel “Bald and Bankrupt”, passed near the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, said the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
Dmitry Rogozin said that “illegal actions” were being investigated against Rich.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Commonwealth and the British Development Agency have stated that they are investigating the report. A woman named Alina Tselyupa, who is reportedly from Belarus, was also detained, Mr Rogozin said.
He added that they were in the Baikonur police department, about 1,100 km (680 miles) southwest of the Kazakh capital, Nur Sultan.
Mr Rich’s YouTube channel, which he describes as “not available in the former Soviet Union …”, has more than 3.5 million subscribers.
The latest video, released on April 24, was shot in Syria.
All flights of the space station using Russian rockets are launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is open to tourists seeking permission from Roscosmos.
The first artificial satellite “Sputnik-1” was launched at the launch complex in 1957.
How did Russia describe the incident?
In a post on the Internet, Rogozin said that Rich and Tselyupa were detained near one of the launch pads, adding that the couple was being held by the city authorities.
Rogozin shared photos of Rich’s visa and Tseliupa’s passport.
“At 18:10 Moscow time, the Baikonur Space Center reported that British citizen Benjamin and Belarusian citizen Tselupa Alina had been detained,” Rogozin wrote in the Telegram. He said the couple was “involved in organizing illegal activities”, but did not provide additional information.
The thing, whose Bald and Bankrupt channel has about 3.53 million subscribers, released a video in which he travels to Syria on April 24.
A 48-year-old man who speaks Russian said in a post on the Internet a week ago that he had a “Syrian tan and returned to a country with Soviet mosaics,” but did not name his whereabouts.
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