He has regular followers even among Ukrainian online communities. Many of his former supporters sharply criticized him for his "defeatism." However, quite a few nationalists came to his defense: some because they agree with his pessimistic view of the situation, others because they respect him enough, and believe that he has the right to express his opinion and definitely does not mean harm.
Vladimir Kvachkov, a retired Spetsnaz colonel and military intelligence officer and the former leader of the ultra-right organization People's Militia in the name of Minin and Pozharsky, recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia, speaks in approximately the same vein, although he is not as radical as Strelkov. While supporting the invasion, he criticizes the tactics of Russian troops and the overall management of the "special operation," which, in his opinion, has failed as such and turned into a war. He talks about the “collapse” of the army and blames the reforms introduced by former Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Vladimir Putin personally. A similar opinion was expressed by Ivan Otrakovsky, the leader of the nationalist movement Army of Defenders of the Fatherland. He continues to sharply criticize Putin's regime and believes that victory cannot be achieved while "jackals command lions."
Other right-wing oppositionists criticize the Russian command for "half-measures:” for avoiding strikes on the centers of decision-making (apparently, they mean Kyiv), for negotiating with the Ukrainian side in spring and for failing to eliminate the political leadership of Ukraine.
There are also those on the far right, who oppose the "special operation,” though they are not many. For instance, Great Russia party leader Andrei Savelyev says
that "the current war is the fruit of the Satanism of the authorities on both sides of the border. It is an alien plan to kill and ruin as many Russian people as possible… This war will be a defeat for all Russians, and a victory for the backstage scoundrels who will warm their hands on the trouble that ends our history.” Savelyev apparently believes that the whole plan was drawn up with the secret approval of the West.
The Nationalists’ Movement expresses similar views. Sofya Budnikova, one of their leaders, writes
: "The ‘military operation’ in Ukraine will have the following outcomes: the extinction of Russians in the Russian Federation will accelerate, Ukraine will never be a second home for Russians again, of the very idea of Russian nationalism nothing but ruins will remain." Nationalists’ Movement activists are also concerned that this war will have grave consequences for nationalists in Russia, since the invasion was started precisely under the pretext of fighting nationalists.