Brit arrested and thrown in gulag by Russians at Soviet space station

A British YouTuber detained in Kazakhstan by Russian police at a former Soviet space station has finally told the true story behind his bizarre arrest.

Benjamin Rich, more famously known as Bald and Bankrupt on the video platform, made international headlines earlier this year when it was reported that he had been imprisoned in a “Russian Gulag”.

It was believed that he had broken into the derelict spaceport in the Kazakh city of Baikonur, and was given a three-day jail term when caught by Russian officials.

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Despite the place being on Kazakh land, Russia actually leases the area for around £150 million per year.

But now, Brighton-born Mr Rich, who has made a career out of touring former Soviet states and showing the realities of life for those left behind by the fall of the Union, has released the video from his trip – and the truth is very far from reality.

Ben, alongside his long-time exploration companion Alina Tseliupa, from Belarus, did manage to break into the derelict property.

But it took at 30km trek in the dark of night across Kazakhstan desert to do it.

The 40-minute long video shows the pair making the arduous journey through the black of night, guided only by Google Maps.

Having hidden from security in a desert bunker, the couple managed to make it to the site at the end of a near 12-hour journey on foot.

They found a room in a building they had no idea about, and slept for a couple of hours before exploring for real.

The building they had stumbled into turned out to be the dining hall for Russia scientists at the space base.

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They finally managed to find the main hub of the spaceport – but it was boarded up.

Security had been spotted in a few locations, in towers resembling something out of a real Russian Gulag, but they went unseen.

Having found a rusty metal ladder, the pair scaled a huge wall and climbed into the building through a broken window.

And when they entered, they found the holy grail of Soviet exploration.

A real life Soviet rocket from the Buran space programme.

The programme started in 1974, but was officially stopped in 1993.

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Only one mission too place, in 1989 carrying 10 people, while two other aircrafts were built.

And it was those two, which never took off, that Ben and Alina found abandoned in a massive warehouse formally used to create them.

Alina was the only one of the pair able to get right up to the craft, as she was able to fit through a small gap – and it was an incredible thing to see up close.

Although rusted and falling apart, it was a true piece of rarely-seen Soviet history.

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The pair managed to leave the facility unharmed, and expected to make the 30km trek back to civilisation – but the video then cut to snippets from news outlets talking about their arrest.

The video cut to the pair of them standing outside a hotel explaining what actually happened.

Ben said: “We didn't have to walk back. As soon as we came down the ladder, a car turned up full of MBD – the Russian internal police.

“And they 'arrested' us by taking us to the closed city of Baikonur. It was bloody epic.”

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Alina added: “We spent the last seven hours there and paid £50 each.”

And Ben finished with: “Yeah, we paid a fine – not three days in prison.

“It was a good day. If you're going to go to Baikonur, take £50 with you.”

Mystery solved.

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