Chilean-American Blogger Gonzalo Lira Dies in Ukrainian Captivity
Criticizing the Zelensky regime while in Ukraine can mean inviting one’s death. Gonzalo Lira, the Chilean-American blogger who risked his life by calling out the Zelensky regime, has ended up dead in a Ukrainian prison. But the pro-Zelensky media and governments in the west couldn’t care less.
Using his YouTube channel to post commentary critical of the current Ukrainian government, 55-year-old Gonzalo Lira lived in Kharkov, the second largest city in the country and a battle front in the ongoing Russo-Ukraine war. In April of 2022, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Lira briefly but released him while restricting his movement to the bounds of the city. Around the time of his arrest, Lira tweeted a list of names of people who suspiciously died in Ukraine, implying they were the victims of the Zelensky administration.
The brief detention by SBU failed to deter Lira from criticizing the Zelensky administration. In May 2023, he was arrested again in a raid by heavily armed Ukrainian security agents. The government accused him of “producing and distributing materials justifying the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, committed repeatedly.”
In July 2023, Lira posted a long series of tweets sharing his plans of attempting to escape Ukraine and seek political asylum in Hungary. He wrote:
“Either I’ll cross the border and make it to safety, or I’ll be disappeared by the Kiev regime.”
In his tweets, he wrote that he was blocked from calling his attorney or posting bail and also expressed distrust in the US government, saying they will return him to Ukraine:
“And the US State Department would return me too. I’m not a black lesbian druggie, or a transgender grifter. Besides, Victoria Nuland hates my guts, or so I’m told.”
In December 2023, Tucker Carlson reported on Lira’s situation in a Twitter/X video and told that Lira was arrested less than five miles from the Hungarian border. Carlson added that Biden’s State Department and national media are uninterested in Lira’s capture by the Ukrainian government. Carlson interviewed Lira’s father in the video. Gonzalo Lira Sr. told Carlson that his son was arrested by the Zelensky regime just 4 days after he heavily criticized Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in his political commentary.
Lira’s death was reported on Friday by mostly conservative news outlets in the United States along with some international sources like Russia Today and GBN. The Post Millennial credited Tucker Carlson with breaking the news of Lira’s death on Twitter/X. Carlson wrote that he got the news from Lira’s father.
GBN wrote that Lira had suggested being a target of personal hatred by Victoria Nuland, who is currently the acting deputy to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and has infamously been involved in the west’s subversive activities in Ukraine for a decade.
Lira suggested that this was because Victoria Nuland – currently the acting deputy to Secretary of State Antony Blinken – hated him personally.
Comments poured in on the news and conservatives critical of the Biden-Zelensky alliance called out the Biden administration for allowing it. Donald Trump Junior took to Twitter/X to call out Zelensky as one of “our foreign welfare recipients” for murdering citizens and journalists.
Independent journalist Kim Iversen wrote that Lira’s only crime was criticizing the war.
Anna Moro wrote that the Biden administration let an American citizen die in a Ukrainian jail for criticizing the local corrupt government.
On the free speech social media site Gab, Dean Herbst wrote that Gonzalo Lira Died in Ukrainian prison after not receiving needed medical care and of alleged torture,
The mainstream media in the west that have previously tried to discredit Lira as a “Putin Puppet” and “far right’s Brittney Griner” is yet to report on Lira’s death.