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Gonzalo Lira fell ill while detained in Ukraine, accused of “justifying the Russian military invasion.” They denounce negligence in his medical care and the lack of intervention by the United States government, the country where he was born.
Although the conflict between Israel and Hamas somewhat overshadowed the war between Russia and Ukraine, It is also an ongoing conflict that continues to provide unpleasant information. This weekend it was confirmed death of Gonzalo Lira, journalist detained in Ukraine on charges of “justifying the Russian invasion” with negative information towards Zelensky and the West.
Gonzalo Lira shared information and theories about the war in Ukraine on their social networks and a blog; He was arrested three times over several months for this activity. His latest arrest occurred after announcing that he would try to leave Ukraine and request political asylum in Hungary.
Who was Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American journalist who died in Ukraine?
Born on February 29, 1968 in the United States, but of Chilean descent, Gonzalo Lira was a journalist, blogger, filmmaker and writer. He wrote detective novels and directed the feature film Kidnapping In 2005.
He also had a period where he promoted himself as a “dating coach,” a job for which he was considered a misogynist for speaking disparagingly about women, according to a profile in La Tercera.
I lived in Kharkiv, one of the cities where the conflict between Russia and Ukraine was concentrated. From that place He published various criticisms of Volodymyr Zelensky, against what he described as the Ukrainian regime, and even spread criticism against the United States and the West for their role in the conflict. He also spread what would be considered conspiracy theories about it, selling it as the truth behind the war.
It was just for that reason that The local government accused him of “spreading false information about the war and justifying the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.”as cited by Europa Press. What’s more, they even spread the word that he was a “fictional character created by the Kremlin.”
The arrests of Gonzalo Lira in Ukraine
Given the noise generated by his work in Ukraine, Gonzalo Lira himself warned those who followed his work that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) wanted to capture him in order to disappear him.
It was in April 2022 when he was arrested for the first time. Gonzalo Lira disappeared for a week until he was finally reported. He said at the time that they took away his work equipment and telephone, in addition to prohibiting him from leaving Kharkiv.
On July 31, 2023, Gonzalo Lira published his last tweet…well, actually a huge thread of 25 tweets. In these he said that In May of that year he was arrested again due to the content of his videos on YouTube, but on that occasion He accused that he was tortured before being released.
“My crime was making critical videos against the West and its proxy regime in kyiv, and how they are destroying Ukraine.” He presented the documents of his arrest, arguing that the prosecutor acknowledged that he did not commit any crime and they could not prove that he was providing intelligence to Russia.
“But Zelensky’s Ukraine is not a democracy: it is a mafia, thieving, corrupt and murderous regime. They relentlessly pursue anyone who tells the truth about this war. I am not the only alleged “propagandist” that the kyiv regime has imprisoned“.
Gonzalo Lira also said that he would try to leave Ukraine, because he assured that if he didn’t do it, they would surely disappear. Nothing more was heard from him for months, until it finally came to light that he had been arrested again..
The death of Gonzalo Lira and the accusations against Ukraine and the United States
Both the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United States Department of State, They confirmed the death of Gonzalo Lira. It is reported that He became ill with his lungs, had pneumothorax and severe edema since October 2023, while he was under arrest in a prison in Ukraine. He was not treated until December, according to his father.
“I cannot accept the way my son has died. He was tortured, extorted, held incommunicado for 8 months and 11 days, and the US Embassy did nothing to help my son. The person responsible for this tragedy is the dictator Zelensky with the concurrence of a senile American president, Joe Biden.”
The complaint of Gonzalo Lira’s father
The death of Gonzalo Lira It resonated even with people like Elon Musk. The billionaire reacted to a publication where the United States was accused of doing nothing to get the Chilean-American journalist released from prison in Ukraine.
“Biden could have recovered Gonzalo Lira with a phone call, but he didn’t lift a finger“, entrepreneur Davis Sacks said in the post to which Musk responded.
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