What Happened To FPSRussia?
21 May 2018, 16:47 | Updated: 21 May 2018, 17:04
A complex story of death, drugs and destruction.
FPS Russia, a YouTuber known for showing off heavy weapons on his YouTube channel, was one of the most popular creators on the site, with millions tuning into his channel to watch his insane (and dangerous antics).
Then one day, he simply vanished from YouTube. Where did he go? To find out, we have to trace an insane story that involves a man dying, drugs being found and a whole lot of government raids.
The channel was riding high
The channel has almost 6 and a half million subscribers, and videos that would always easily cross the million-view mark. His uploads were a massive source of engagement and discussion.
But the titular Russian (who went by the made-up name Dmitri Potapoff) was actually an American - a man named Kyle Lamar Myers, from Lavonia, Georgia, USA, who made his videos on his father's farm.
Then came death
Keith Ratliff, a member of the FPSRussia's production team, was found shot dead in his own gun store on the 6th January, 2013. It was Ratlif's job to source the weapons for the team's videos. Production of FPSRussia's videos went on hiatus until February 19, 2013 after the death.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it was still investigating in March 2013, but there have been no official updates since the and the case has become a popular hub for online conspiracy theories.
Myers was never implicated in the death, but it was one of the first reasons why the channel went on hiatus.
Then came the first raid
Shockingly, having a large number of military grade weapons on your property does not endear you to the government.
On March 29, 2013, Myers' Georgia residence was searched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with officers from the GBI. They also searched the farm where the videos were often filmed. An ATF spokesman Richard Coes said the justification for the search was "that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube."
However, no arrests were made, and the forces left empty-handed.
And then a second raid, and an arrest
Myers' residence was again raided in 2017, after Myers was allegedly received 25 grams of butane honey oil through the mail. Myers was arrested for felony possession of a restricted substance with intent to distribute and 50 of his weapons were confiscated under a federal law that prohibits illegal drug users from possessing firearms.
Butane honey oil is a marijuana concentrate and is a highly potent concentrated THC (Tetra-hydro-cannabin-ol) that is similar in appearance to honey or butter. Regular marijuana that has a street value of about $30 per gram, while this substance has a street value of $150 per gram. Marijuana and marijuana concentrates are illegal in Georgia.
And then... silence
After all this various trouble, Meyers disappeared from the internet, with no videos being posted on the FPSRussia channel for over two years now. The last tweet from the official account was to share this video:
In the market for your very own Flamethrower? Look no further :D https://t.co/mibm96LcY7— Dmitri (@TheFPShow) April 16, 2016
There's no clear word on whether Myers was sent to prison or whether his drug charge simply meant he was no longer able to obtain the weapons he needs for his channel. Maybe he's just laying low these days. Whatever the truth, it's certainly the end of an explosive era.