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Ukrainian Prison Hell: American Journalist, 55, Dies in Zelensky’s Custody

via The Telegraph
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American journalist Gonzalo Lira has died in a Ukrainian prison at the age of 55, where he was being held for criticizing the Zelensky and Biden governments.

Lira, a dual citizen of Chile and the U.S., had been living in Kharkiv and was arrested multiple times, facing imprisonment under Ukraine’s wartime propaganda laws.

Despite his father’s pleas and international attention, including comments from Elon Musk and Senator J.D. Vance, Lira’s imprisonment and subsequent death have raised questions about the lack of intervention from the American government. (Trending: Hunter Biden’s Art Scheme Exposed By GOP Probe)

“The charges against me are just because of my opinion about this conflict, I did no harm to anyone,” Lira said.

“We are aware of the detention of Mr. Lira in Ukraine. We take our role in assisting U.S. citizens abroad seriously and are providing all appropriate assistance. We are monitoring the situation but have no further comment at this time. We reiterate our message that U.S. citizens should not travel to Ukraine due to the active armed conflict,” the State Department noted.

“The embassy has just burned out Gonzalo. An American citizen by birth is in jail because he was exercising his right of freedom of speech,” Lira’s father stated.

“The U.S.A. government, with its silence in the face of this scandalous incident, suggests a degree of complicity, or at least tacit approval of Gonzalo’s arrest since nothing else explains the conspicuous lack of response,” he added.

Elon Musk pressed as to how “an American citizen is in prison in Ukraine after we sent over a $100 billion.”

“Is there more to this story than simply criticizing Zelensky? If that’s all it is, then we have [a] serious problem here,” Musk wrote.

“Ukraine is holding an American journalist hostage. This is a disgrace. And why is the Biden admin opening up the checkbook without any accountability?” Sen. J.D. Vance stated.

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