Benjamin Rich, better known to millions of YouTube followers as "Bald and bankrupt", announced in a video today that he was arrested, jailed, convicted and permanently banned from the Russian Federation.
Benjamin (Bald) has spent the last several years vlogging his travels in the former Soviet Union. I learned much from his videos. His interactions with locals, babushkas and even the authorities were both fascinating and educational. Soviet mosaics, sinks, toilets, bus stops and railway stations along with the occasional copy of "Babushka's Secrets" made for amazing and, at times, cheeky content. I enjoyed watching as his Russian language improved with each episode.
As of this writing, Benjamin has not revealed the "crime" he allegedly committed. I hope that he will discuss this in more detail in an upcoming video. In the meantime, I will miss Bald and bankrupt's Russian vlogs. I am hopeful that he will make some content in neighboring countries.
UPDATE: The video below was released after Bald's video and purports to be part of the interview with Russian police. This gives a clearer picture of what the Russian authorities did not like about his activities on social media.