SSU investigates propagandist who coined phrase ‘polite people’ in Crimea and calls to destroy Kharkiv

The Security Service of Ukraine has documented new crimes of blogger-collaborator Borys Rozhyn. He is the author of the expression ‘polite people’, used to describe the russian occupation groupings that seized Crimea in 2014.

Currently, he is one of the kremlin’s key mouthpieces, publicly supporting russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine and justifying russia’s war crimes.

Among other things, he calls for a complete destruction of Kharkiv’s civilian infrastructure and advocates the continuation of massive missile and bomb strikes on the city.

As the investigation established, Rozhyn disseminates anti-Ukrainian content under the pseudonym ‘Colonelcassad’ through his social media accounts with a total audience of almost 1 million users.

The propagandist began to publicly support the aggressor during the seizure of Crimea, where he lived and earned money as a freelancer.

Later, he headed the occupation online publication voice of Sevastopol, which spreads kremlin fakes about the war against Ukraine.

Based on the evidence, the SSU notified Rozhyn of suspicion in absentia under five Articles of the CCU:

  • 110.1 (encroachment on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability);
  • 109.2 (public calls for forceful change or overthrow of the constitutional order or seizure of state power, distribution of materials calling for such actions);
  • 111-2.1 (aiding the aggressor state);
  • 111-1.6 (collaboration);
  • 436 (propaganda of war).

In 2022, SSU investigators declared Rozhyn suspect under Article 436-2 of the CCU (justification, recognition as lawful, denial of russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine, glorification of its participants).

The suspect is hiding in the temporarily occupied part of Ukraine. Efforts are underway to bring him to justice.

The investigation was carried out under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.