YOUTUBER Benjamin Rich, best known for his travel channel Bald and Bankrupt, was arrested in Kazakhstan.
Benjamin Rich runs a YouTube channel which features him visiting dangerous places but this has resulted in him being detained.
Brit YouTube star & female companion arrested close to Russian rocket launchpad as officials probe ‘illegal activity’,Credit: YouTube
Who is Benjamin Rich?
Benjamin Rich is the star of the popular YouTube channel Bald and Bankrupt.
At 47-years-old, Benjamin has published a book on his travels as well as running his two YouTube channels.
He has 3.54 million subscribers as of May 2022 on his main channel, while his secondary channel Daily Bald has 661 thousand subscribers.
The British star has been making videos for his channel since 2018, in which he travels to countries that are perceived as dangerous.
Why has Benjamin Rich been arrested?
Benjamin is currently being held by authorities along with his female companion, a Belarusian woman named Alina Tseliupa.
Reportedly Benjamin was detained at the Russian spaceport in Baikonur in May 2022.
Russian space agency Roscosmos said he was arrested as he was “linked to the organisation of illegal actions.”
The investigation is ongoing and the UK officials are yet to comment on the arrest.
Baikonur used to be a closed state but is now visitable through a visa application with Roscosmos.
What is his Bald and Bankrupt YouTube channel about?
In Benjamin’s channel, he visits countries that are dangerous and uncommon for the usual traveller.
He has a particular interest in post-Soviet states but his first few vlogs were in India.
Benjamin’s most viewed video is ‘Nobody visits this country … find out why’ from 2019 which has over 10 million views.
In this video, he visited Moldova and its capital Kishinev to see why it was the least visited country in Europe.
More recently he filmed ‘Leaving Kyiv on a refugee train’, which has over 6million views.