Benjamin Rich: Worthing YouTube star 'Bald and Bankrupt' responds after Russian space centre arrest claims

A Worthing YouTube star has responded after a number of national newspaper claim he was arrested at a Russian space centre.

Travel blogger Benjamin Rich, who is known to his 3.5 million YouTube subscribers as 'Bald and Bankrupt', was reported to have been arrested near the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Multiple national media outlets said Mr Rich was being investigated over 'illegal acts', but Mr Rich took to social media to quash the claims.

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In his in Instagram story today, Mr Rich said: "I've woken up to a load of messages asking me if I'm ok. Apparently some people think I'm in a gulag because of some Twitter post.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and the State space corporation Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin (L) listen to Director of Russian rocket engine manufacturer NPO Energomash Igor Arbuzov in Khimki, outside Moscow on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

"Basically I was questioned by Russian police for a few hours for going to see the Buran rocket without special permission and given a £60 administrative fine just like hundreds of foreign adventurers before me."

The original claim was made by Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Russia's space agency Roscosmos.

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