The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, announced the detention of British citizen Benjamin Rich and Belarusian citizen Alina Tselyupa at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. He wrote about this in his telegram channel.
According to him, they were detained near the launch pad and then taken to the Baikonur city police department. “Investigations are ongoing. Relationships are being established that held Benjamin and his Zelupa together in organizing illegal actions,” he wrote.
At first, Rogozin wrote that the girl’s name was Alina Zelupa, later he published photos of the detainees’ passports. The picture shows the name of a citizen of Belarus – Tselyupa.
The media write that Benjamin Rich is a well-known British blogger who runs the Bald and Bankrupt channel. This channel has over 3 million subscribers. Rich spent a lot of time in Belarus and shot several dozen videos there, notes Belarusian service of Radio Liberty.
The Baikonur complex is rented by the Russian leadership from the Kazakh authorities under an agreement concluded until 2050.