According to several investigations of "Chesno.org"
the fund is actively used by Ihor Palytsia and now his political party "For future" in hidden bribery of voters, for example:
- In Spring 2020 the fund was providing free 'food packages" for Lutsk dwellers as a volunteer support during the Coronavirus pandemic. Right before the Easter locals received free Easter cakes.
- The Fund works in close cooperation with Lutsk municipality, where jointly with local authorities "Tikly razom" provided support to hospitals.
Many members of "Tilky razom" fund were hired by the local administration, some of them ended up as Members of Parliament during the 2019 elections. Specifically, former deputy head of "Tilky Razom" Iryna Konstankevych was broadly using the brand of the fund during parliamentary elections in her district. Right before the elections the fund supported
reconstruction of school football fields in the district. Currently Iryna Konstankevych is MPs within the "For future" group of Ihor Palytsia.
Two out of 10 top candidates to Lutsk city council at 2020 local elections from "For future" party are current or former staffers of "Tilky razom".
The usage of charity funds for hidden bribery of voters is a wide-spread election tactique in Ukraine, as it allows to bypass requirements to publicly report about income and expenditure of election funds of politicians. In summer 2019 Ihor Palytsia reported spending 1 587 764 UAH ($ 61485) within his election fund during the parliamentary elections.
"Tilky Razom" charity fund is not providing reports about its revenues and expenditures. Journalist Iryna Musiy was trying to get access to this information through a lawsuit
, however the court decision was not enforced.
Charity Fund "Tilky Razom" was also financing
an armed semi-military group "Varta Poryadku", which is also known as a private army of Ihor Palytsia. The armed group had more than 500 members, who according to official information were patrolling streets in Lutsk jointly with local police. Additionally, members of the group were providing security of Volyn state administration. However, according to the slidstvo.info
investigation there is evidence of the alleged attack of "Varta Poryadku" on businessman Serhiy Churikov and alleged illegal surveillance of Ihor Palytsia's political opponents. In 2017
the Security Service of Ukraine triggered criminal investigations over activities of "Varta Poryadku", whose leaders are suspect for smuggling, intervention into private life of persons, illegal usage of special data collection devices. The Security Service of Ukraine conducted searches
at offices of "Varta Poryadku", where the following devices were found and seized: pump guns "Magnum", 5 carabine guns, portable special radio stations.