Head of charity organization that sold military humanitarian aid will be tried based on the SBI materials

13/01/2023

The State Bureau of Investigation has completed a pre-trial investigation into the acting chairman of a Kiev-based charity that sold bulletproof vests and armour plates bought for the military with donations from Ukrainians.

The indictment has been sent to court.

Following the start of russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the charity announced a $1 million fundraising campaign for the needs of the Ukrainian armed forces. The organisation pledged to use the money raised to buy bulletproof vests, helmets, medicines and cars to donate to the Ukrainian military.

However, after thousands of bulletproof vests and plates bought with donations from Ukrainians were imported into Ukraine, the head of the charity decided to make money from them. Instead of donating them to the military, she started selling the humanitarian aid at retail. The perpetrator managed to sell 30 units of personal protective equipment worth more than UAH 500,000 before she was exposed by the SBI.

The head of the organisation is accused of selling humanitarian aid for profit, committed in a significant amount and during martial law (Part 3 of Article 201-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

The penalty under this article is imprisonment for up to 7 years.

The case is being prosecuted by the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office.