If you like guns and YouTube, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of FPSRussia, the most popular gun-related channel on YouTube, with over half a billion views. The front man for the FPSRussia is Kyle Myers, a Georgia (USA) native who pretends to be Russian. In his videos, he speaks with a fake Russian accent and demonstrates rare weapons in fun, usually explosive, ways. Up until recently, Myers’ partner was Keith Ratliff. What ended the partnership was the fact that, on January 3, Ratliff was found dead in his locked office, with a gunshot wound to the head.
ATF Spokesman Richard Coes, however, said it wasn’t use or possession of the explosives that was the problem. Instead, it was profit that resulted in a raid. The raid took place, he said, because “the claim is that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube.” (Well, duh! That was the whole point of FPSRussia.) Adding one more layer to the shifting, swirling stories, Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said that the raids came about because of the investigation into Ratliff’s death.