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The Disappearance of Gonzalo Lira
The sudden disappearance of Chilean-America pundit Gonzalo Lira in Ukraine is now making global headlines. However, despite the volume of media coverage and pleas for information on his whereabouts, investigators have been unable to locate any hard leads about his current status.
Before he went missing, Gonzalo had stated repeatedly on social media and YouTube, that should he go missing for more than 12 hours online, that people should assume he has been abducted and detained (or worse) by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).
Lira also publicly broadcast how the American mainstream publication, the Daily Beast and its ‘journalist’ Mark Hay had gone out of their way to publish an elaborate smear piece on Lira, and even go so far as to contact the SBU in order to alert them that he was broadcasting reports critical of the Ukrainian government from the city Kharkov, Ukraine.
This shameful and dangerous operation by the Daily Beast was complimented by other partisan US ‘journalists’ seemed to suggest that Lira was working as ‘Russia spy,’ an accusation which was certainly designed to bring harm to him
Currently, no indication of his detention has been reported by authorities in Kiev, which has also led many of his supporters to fear for his life, in the event he was abducted by prison gangs which President Zelensky released in Kharvov to provide ‘security’ alongside the President’s Neo-Nazi battalions currently being supported by NATO.
The following report is from RT International, broadcast yesterday. Watch:
The Consulate of Chile in Nicosia said Friday it had no information on the fate of Gonzalo Lira a Chilean national and vlogger residing in Ukraine who has been missing for a week.
Contact with Lira was lost on April 15, when he was in Kharkov. There has been no trace of him since, with social media afire with speculation.
Authorities in Chile are understood to be apprised of his disappearance, as Chilean embassies and consulates around the world are inundated with messages from concerned members of the public.
Lira also has US citizenship by birth.
The Cyprus Mail contacted George Zachariades, Chile’s Honorary Consul in Nicosia, for a possible update on Lira’s status or whereabouts.
Zachariades said that in recent days he was made aware of Lira’s case by a caller. He then tried to contact the Chilean consulate in Kiev.
“I found a phone number for the consulate, dialed it, the phone rang but then the dial tone went funny and the line cut out,” Zachariades said.
Without a way to reach the Honorary Consul of Chile in Kiev, he added, there is nothing more he can do, nor provide any information on Lira.
Zachariades advised contacting the Chilean Embassy in Athens. The Cyprus Mail called the Athens number on Friday, but there was no response.
The Republic of Chile does not have an embassy in Ukraine.
In his daily content on YouTube and other social media, Lira repeatedly criticised the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as well as Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi. He has been described in the media as being pro-Russian and pro-Putin.
Before disappearing, he said that some action could be taken against him, such as being kidnapped by the Ukrainian SBU.
In Lira’s last tweet on March 26 he posted a number of names of well-known people listed as missing, kidnapped or dead in Ukraine, including Vlodymyr Struk, Denis Kireev, Mikhail and Aleksander Kononovich, Nestor Shufrych, Yan Taksyur, Dmitri Djangirov and Elena Berezhnaya. “If you haven’t heard from me in 12 hours, put my name on the list,” Lira said.
Lira’s channel on YouTube has 150,000 subscribers and a little over five million total views.
According to media accounts, Lira’s phone was still accepting messages after his disappearance, but there was no reply.
His disappearance has received scant media coverage in Europe or the United States, while being reported on in Asia, Africa and South America.
As rumours continue to swirl about the 54-year-old’s fate – kidnapped, tortured, killed – a Cypriot acquaintance of his advised patience and caution.
“At the moment it’s all speculation, no one really knows what, if anything, happened to him,” said Alex Christoforou, co-host of the Duran channel on YouTube that provides geopolitical content.
He confirmed that he too lost contact with Lira on April 15.
Christoforou told the Cyprus Mail that Chilean embassies, consulates and representative offices across the world are flooded with calls and messages asking about Lira.
“This is a big, big story,” he stressed.
Christoforou knew Lira online from before the Ukraine war, and also hosted the Chilean citizen-journalist on The Duran’s podcast several times after the outbreak of hostilities.
“Local authorities in Kharkov, the mayor there should let us know. I realise there’s a war on, it’s a very complicated situation…but they have a responsibility,” said Christoforou.
Scott Ritter, a military analyst and UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998 told media: “Gonzo [Lira] said any disappearance of more than 12 hours should be treated as if something bad had happened to him. It’s been five days. If this had been a New York Times reporter disappearing in Russian controlled territory, it would be headline news”.