Gonzalo Lira, an American author in Ukraine, has been reported missing by family and friends. Lira’s status has gone viral on social media following his recent disappearance, and CNN Chile has confirmed his whereabouts are unknown.
CNN Chile reported that he has been missing since April 15
CNN Chile reported on April 18 that Lira’s relatives had not heard from him since April 15. CNN Chile’s report described him as a writer and film director currently residing in Kharkiv.
Lira ran a YouTube channel with 143,000 subscribers where he shared his views on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. His social media accounts had become controversial in recent weeks. lira recent tweets criticized Ukraine and several media. in one pinned tweetHe listed journalists he claimed were victims of the “Zelensky regime” and wrote: “If you haven’t heard from me for 12 hours or more, put my name on this list.”
Eva Karene Bartlett, another independent journalist, wrote on Facebook: “I am very sorry to say that I have not heard from Gonzalo Lira since the morning of April 15th. On April 16, around 10am, I sent a message asking how he was doing. He usually reads and replies very quickly. He didn’t read it…”
She guessed he was either hidden or trapped.
Lira was scheduled to appear in an interview with MoatsTV on April 17, but he missed the deadline and was unavailable, CNN Chile reported. George Galloway from Moats TV confirmed on his channel that Lira hadn’t turned up for his scheduled performance.
Lira covered finance and dating issues before the invasion
In March 2022, The Daily Beast published an article that was very critical of Lira. In the article they reported that he was an American who had lived in Kharkiv for years and was in Kyiv when the Russian invasion began. Lira said he tries to report on what was happening on the ground and be “as balanced and factually accurate as possible”. The Daily Beast reported that its reporting sometimes consisted of “wild claims” that sided with Russia rather than Ukraine.
Manoel Horta Ribeiro, a researcher at Switzerland’s École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, told Daily Beast that before the invasion, Lira focused on providing dating and relationship advice under the pseudonym “Coach Red Pill.”
George Michael, a professor of criminal justice at Westfield State University, told the Daily Beast that much of Lira’s reporting focused more on pre-invasion financial literacy.
Business Insider has a profile for Lira that lists him as previously in Burbank, California. Lira has frequently reported on financial topics for Business Insider, including a September 2010 article on hyperinflation and an October 2010 story about the “coming middle-class anarchy.”
According to CNN Chile, Lira has written several novels, including Acrobat, Counterparts, Operation Providence, and Double Salto.
A biography of Lira on Amazon, written by Kirkus Reviews, referred to him as a Chilean-born Dartmouth graduate. The bio states that he received a “million dollar advance” for his 1997 book Counterparts.
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