Kirill is a union activist.
Kirill became the leader of the «Courier» union in June 2020. He managed to unite dissatisfied couriers into a union fighting for workers’ rights. Their first success was the full payment of wage arrears under the threat of a strike.
Thanks to the «Courier» union, delivery workers have learned to defend their interests in an organized manner and resist the employer in the legal field. Time after time «Mail.ru», the owner of the «Delivery Club» service, had to abandon the new ways to cut costs at the expense of the couriers. In October 2021, «Sberbank» and «VK» each invested 6.1 billion rubles in the joint venture «O2O Holding». «O2O» owns a 98% stake in «Delivery Club». A strike and negotiations with the management of «Mail.ru» in November 2020 became an important milestone in the fight for workers’ rights. The leadership of «Mail.ru», represented by Vladimir Gabrielyan, had to agree with the demands of the «Courier» trade union due to the large scale of the strike.
The victory was overshadowed by the beating of Said Shamkhalov, co-leader of the «Courier» union. Said was beaten in a paddy wagon. After that, the police drew up a protocol under paragraph 20.2 of Part 5 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.
At the end of April 2022, Moscow delivery workers decided to start a strike again. Authorities saw Kirill Ukraintsev as the organizer of the strike. «Delivery Club» is most afraid of the organized protest of couriers against the wage cuts. This is why Kirill is in jail.