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Brit YouTuber 'thrown in Russian gulag’ for slagging off Putin interrogated on camera

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YouTuber Bald and Bankrupt, real name Benjamin Rich, who was "thrown in a Russian gulag" for criticising Vladimir Putin. He said he was stopped at a train station in Russia and brought to a police station before being chucked into a cell for "a few days".Rich added that he lost his case in court and was chucked out of Russia and banned from returning.READ MORE: Dad left with chainsaw stuck in chest after freak garden accident– and survivesHe explained this in a video, his first for four weeks, titled 'The Journey is Over'.In a new video doing the rounds on social media, Rich appears to be getting grilled by Russian police on why he called Putin "crazy", and why he posted a link to fundraise for Ukraine.In the clip he blames the English media for his portrayal of Putin, saying media organisations "constantly bombard" with anti-Russian material, and anti Putin messages. "Of course it influenced me," he said, adding that when he was in Ukraine at the beginning of the conflict, he thought it was "a crazy decision" for Putin to invade, before he "knew the full reasons" as to why.

He added: "The second reason is that, maybe you wont understand, but when you have a face on YouTube if you want to earn money you have to say what people want to hear."Rich said he made the comments so that he "wouldn't have a problem with YouTube".He said he was pressurised by Ukrainians who threatened him. "I decided to write this to stop the threats," he added. To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.He said he had more clarity after he learned more about the "special operation," as he called it, echoing Putin's name for the violent attempted occupation of Ukraine.Rich said he realised.

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