If you’re a fan of firearms and YouTube videos, you’re probably familiar with FPS Russia.
Despite the name, FPS Russia features neither first-person-shooter video games nor Russia. The channel’s creator and star, Kyle Lamar Myers, is known for his fake Russian accent, access to fully automatic weapons, big explosions, and scandal.
FPS Russia, The Good Old Days
Back in 2010, Myers started making YouTube videos from his home in Lavonia, Georgia. In less than three years he had acquired nearly 6 million subscribers, he appeared in a live-action Call of Duty commercial directed by Guy Ritchie, and had successfully kickstarted “FPS Russia: The Game” as an app for iOS devices.
His 2012 video “TOP 3 WEAPONS TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE” has been viewed more than 14 million times.
Everything seemed to be going well for the young YouTube star, until tragedy struck.
Death And Raids
On January 6, 2013, the gunshot body of Keith Ratliff was found in his own gunstore. Ratliff was a member of FPS Russia’s production team and was responsible for obtaining all the firearms featured in the videos.
“There were no signs of forced entry at the business and the surveillance equipment, along with some firearms, had been taken,” the GBI reported. “There did not appear to be a struggle of any kind, and based on the scene, Ratliff died while he was working.”
Although Myers was never implicated in Ratliff’s death, the tragedy would start countless conspiracy theories and mark the beginning of the end for FPS Russia.
More than a year later, Myers’ home was raided a second time by federal agents after the former YouTube star had allegedly received 25 grams of butane hash oil by mail. Myers was arrested and charged with felony possession of a restricted substance with intent to distribute. ATF spokesman Nero Priester announced that more than 50 firearms were seized under a federal law that prohibits drug users from possessing firearms.