|Kyle Lamar Myers|
|Location||Franklin County, Georgia, United States|
|Total views||939 million|
Updated: January 30 2021
Kyle Lamar Myers is an American YouTuber most known under the stage name, FPSRussia. His YouTube channel features Myers portraying the fictional role of Dimitri, a heavily accented "professional Russian" from Moscow, Russia. His videos center around the usage of large amounts of firearms and explosives. The channel reached the one-million-subscriber mark in June 2011. Myers ceased producing new videos in 2016 following the unsolved death of one of his associates and an ATF felony charge. As of January 30, 2021, his channel has still garnered over 6.96 million subscribers and 939 million views.
Each video on the channel generally has Myers (as Dimitri) explaining the characteristics of the weapons he will use in that video (occasionally telling the history behind it and sometimes explanations of its purpose), before he demonstrates their abilities on random targets such as fruits, drink bottles, zombie mannequins, and even photos of Justin Bieber in his earlier videos. Myers has used largely varying pieces of equipment along with weapons that have been featured in his videos, such as a golden AK-47, an armored troop carrier, a .50 BMG rifle and a Bofors 40 mm automatic anti-aircraft cannon.
Before Myers started FPSRussia, he ran a YouTube channel called "klm5986". Centered around Call of Duty gameplay commentary, this channel often featured videos with other YouTube personalities, such as xSocrates. He later wanted to show how guns worked in real life and to compare them to how they are portrayed in video games, films, and television shows. He got the idea for a Russian accent while working at a car dealership. One of his co-workers was Russian and he took an interest in impersonating his accent. His uncle was also a prankster and used to use the accent while talking to Kyle when he was five years old. He used the accent to create the character Dimitri and what followed was him filming himself shooting guns on his family farm in Georgia. After a nine-month hiatus, on January 10, 2014, FPSRussia returned to YouTube. The channel has been inactive since April 2016.
Appearances in other media
Due to the success of FPSRussia, Myers opened up a second channel, MoreFPSRussia. He also collaborated with Epic Meal Time in July 2011, and the collaboration has earned over 8.8 million video views on YouTube as of October 14, 2020.
In 2010, Myers co-founded the podcast Painkiller Already (PKA) with YouTubers WoodysGamertag and WingsOfRedemption, a show now hosted by Myers, WoodysGamertag and MurkaDurkah.
In 2013, Myers founded another gaming channel named "FPS" that has been inactive since 2014.
Death of Keith Ratliff
On January 3, 2013, a Kentucky man named Keith Ratliff, the co-owner of FPS Industries (a custom firearms fabrication and testing company) and a member of the FPSRussia production team, was found shot dead in his home in Carnesville, Georgia. Ratliff held a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and was responsible for obtaining the firearms used in the videos. Following Ratliff's death, the production of FPSRussia's videos went on hiatus until February 19, 2013. In March 2013, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it was still investigating. However, as there have been no official updates since the initial reports following Ratliff's death, the case has become the subject of numerous conspiracy theories.
On March 29, 2013, Myers' Franklin County residence was searched by upwards of 40 members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alongside officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigators also searched Myers's father's nearby farm, a frequent filming location for FPSRussia. ATF spokesman Richard Coes said the justification for the search was "that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube."
In August 2017, Myers' residence was again raided by ATF and GBI agents after Myers was alleged to have received 25 grams of butane hash oil through the mail. The Department of Justice prosecuted on the grounds that illegal drug possession while owning a firearm is a federal offense. Myers was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and 50 of his weapons were confiscated under Section 922(g)(3) of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which prohibits illegal drug users from possessing firearms. He later pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Butane Hash Oil, with all other charges dismissed. On June 19, 2019, Myers was sentenced to two years' probation and two months in prison, which he served later in 2019, as well as a fine in the amount of $7500. Since his release from prison, Myers has spoken about the case on his YouTube podcast Painkiller Already.
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