Forbes: Russian-Born Billionaire Yuri Milne Pledges $100 Million To Help Ukrainian Refugees

Russian-born billionaire tech investor and co-founder of Yuri Milner is pledging $100 million to launch a new initiative that will aid Ukrainian refugees amid the ongoing war with Russia.

This marks the latest effort from the Silicon Valley mogul–who is worth an estimated $7.3 billion thanks in part to early investments in Facebook and Twitter–to show support for Ukrainians and distance himself from the Kremlin-linked sources that helped him build his fortune more than a decade ago –  – read more via Bloomberg:

As announced on Thursday, the initiative, “Tech for Refugees,” involves a partnership between the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, a nonprofit group cofounded by Milner and his wife, Julia, in 2012, and prominent tech companies, including vacation rental giant Airbnb, freight forwarding company Flexport and audio streaming service Spotify. The initial money from the foundation will be used to support efforts currently underway by these companies to help Ukrainian refugees, like Airbnb’s provision of free, short-term housing and Flexport’s organization of humanitarian shipments to refugee sites. The partners also plan to support new aid initiatives moving forward.

“We have been devastated by the heartbreaking suffering of the Ukrainian people,” the Milners said in a statement. “We believe that this initiative, in partnership with some of the world’s most creative technology companies and organizations, can provide practical assistance for people living in turmoil outside their homeland.”

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Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.


There are several other organizations to support:

  • Army SOS, which develops drones;
  • Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
  • Help on the Ministry of Defense website.