Taras Kulakov
Personal information
BornTaras Vladimirovich Kulakov[1]
(1987-03-11) March 11, 1987 (age 35)[1]
Katherine Kulakova
(m. 2018)
YouTube information
Years active2007–present
Subscribers11.5 million[2]
Total views2.93 billion[2]
Associated acts
Kip "Kipkay" Kardesha
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2017

Updated: June 24, 2021

Taras Vladimirovich Kulakov (Russian: Тара́с Влади́мирович Кулако́в;[1] Ukrainian: Тара́с Володи́мирович Кулако́в; born March 11, 1987), better known as CrazyRussianHacker, is a Ukrainian-American YouTuber of Ukrainian descent.[3]

He became known for his videos on "life hacks", technology and scientific demonstrations,[4] with the catchphrase "Safety is number one priority".[5] He has dropped the use of the catchphrase from 2019 and no longer does life hack or scientific experiment videos but now concentrates mainly on gadget review videos, silver coin videos and junk box videos on both his main and second channel. He recently started to use the catchphrase again from February 2021.[citation needed]

Kulakov's YouTube channel, "CrazyRussianHacker", created in 2012, has over 2.79 billion views and 11.5 million subscribers (as of August 2021) and is one of the platform's top 500 channels.[6] He has a second YouTube channel, "Taras Kul", with over 3.7 million subscribers (as of August 2021). His third YouTube channel, "Kul Farm" has 370,000 subscribers (as of August 2021).

Personal life

Kulakov was born in the Ukrainian SSR[7] (now Ukraine) to a Ukrainian father and Russian mother. He has been a competitive swimmer since 1996.[8]

In 2006, he moved to Asheville, North Carolina with his family, where he worked at Walmart until 2012 while developing his early YouTube channels.[9]

In a Q&A video, he clarified that the last place he lived before moving to the United States was the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine where Russian is the majority language. As he grew up speaking Russian and not knowing much Ukrainian,[10] he considers himself Russian.[3]

He has two brothers and three sisters as stated in his September 2016 Q&A video. He also claims to have a half brother and a half sister as well. He lives with his wife Katherine and daughter Alice.[citation needed]


Kulakov is a very active YouTuber, releasing a video per 1–3 days. As of June 2021, he has over 11 million subscribers for his CrazyRussianHacker channel.[11] His videos range from life hacks to chemiluminescence reactions. He is known for his sense of humour and Russian accent. He created his first channel, "origami768", on October 14, 2009, for origami tutorial videos. Later, he renamed this channel to "Taras Kul",[12] which he uses as a second channel. His second attempt at YouTube fame came with "SlomoLaboratory" later renamed "Slow Mo Lab", alongside his brother Dima.[13] He achieved his greatest popularity with his third channel, CrazyRussianHacker, in 2012.[14] In 2014 he started another YouTube channel, where he posted gun videos.

With the new YouTube community guidelines starting mid-2017, he deleted the gun content and renamed this channel to "Kul Farm" and has regularly been posting videos about his pets for his 371 thousand subscribers on this channel.

Videos from his channel were broadcast in a television program called The Laboratory with CRH on TBD;[15] the show first aired on July 18, 2018.[16]

Many of Kulakov's videos feature product demonstrations presented as scientific experiments.


  1. ^ a b c "Nomer-org.me".
  2. ^ a b "About CrazyRussianHacker". YouTube.
  3. ^ a b CrazyRussianHacker (2016-09-22), Q&A – CrazyRussianHacker, retrieved 2016-10-22
  4. ^ Hart, Matthew (2016-05-02). "Crazy Russian Hacker Demos Ferrofluid's Strange Magnetic Dance". Nerdist. Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  5. ^ "Crazy Russian Hacker: 'Safety Is Number-One Priority!'". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  6. ^ "YouTube Top 200 Most Subscribed Channels List – Top by Subscribers". Vidstatsx.com. Archived from the original on March 16, 2010. Retrieved 2016-01-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Taras and David Kulakov". CouchSurfing. 2012.
  8. ^ "Taras Kulakov – USMS Swimmer". U.S. Masters Swimming.
  9. ^ "Who is the mysterious Crazy Russian Hacker?". Business Insider. 2015-08-08. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  10. ^ CrazyRussianHacker (2016-12-11), Tasting Ukrainian Military MRE (Meal Ready to Eat, retrieved 2020-04-23
  11. ^ "Crazy Russian Hacker realtime subscribers". socialblade.com.
  12. ^ "Taras Kul" Taras Kulakov's channel on YouTube
  13. ^ "slow mo lab" Taras Kulakov's channel on YouTube
  14. ^ Taras Kulakov's channel on YouTube
  15. ^ http://tbd.com/shows/5b36930961bda50006274fb5 - accessed December 23, 2018
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20180801063134/http://tbd.com/schedule - The Laboratory With CRH airs every Wednesday; episode 3 aired August 1, 2018, so two weeks (14 days) ago the first episode aired. 14 days prior is July 18, 2018; List of programs broadcast by TBD also states that July 18, 2018 is the original air date of episode 1.