Gonzalo Lira has reportedly died in a Ukrainian prison. Lira, a 55-year-old American journalist, had been held in a Ukrainian prison. He was arrested in May 2023 by Ukrainian security services.
Tucker Carlson broke the news on X, saying:
“Gonzalo Lira, Sr. says his son has died at 55 in a Ukrainian prison, where he was being held for the crime of criticizing the Zelensky and Biden governments. Gonzalo Lira was an American citizen, but the Biden administration clearly supported his imprisonment and torture. Several weeks ago we spoke to his father, who predicted his son would be killed.”
It was just over a month ago that Carlson interviewed Lira’s father.
Lira had been critical of the Zelensky regime in Ukraine and had spoken out against the war that was being waged against neighbor Russia, saying that the efforts by Ukraine and the US were fruitless and wasting lives in a losing undertaking. In their announcement of Lira’s detention, Ukraine issued a press release claiming that Lira was “one of the first to support the Russian invaders and glorify their war crimes.” They claimed that he had “engaged in discrediting the top military and political leadership and the Defense Forces of our state.”
In other words, he was arrested and detained for his political views and commentary. When he was arrested, the Biden administration would not commit to helping the American citizen get out of jail, despite being the major funder of Ukraine’s government and war effort.
Elon Musk commented on the matter, asking if there were some reason other than criticizing the Zelensky regime that justified locking him up. “An American citizen is in prison n [sic] Ukraine after we sent over a $100 billion?” Musk asked on X. “Is there more to this story than simply criticizing Zelensky?”
Musk remarked, “If that’s all it is, then we have serious [sic] problem here.” Musk tagged Zelesnky, asking him to “please educate the American people about this matter.”
This is a breaking story and will be updated.