In Russia, Far-Right Nationalists Offer Rare Criticism of Kremlin's War Effort

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Igor Girkin, a Russian far-right nationalist, is among several pro-war figures who have been strongly critical of the Kremlin’s military performance in the war in Ukraine. Photo: bulent kilic/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

In Russia, nationalist figures and pro-war bloggers volley criticism at the Kremlin for failures and missteps by Russian forces in the war in Ukraine. Their narrative contradicts the version promulgated by the Kremlin, which otherwise has suppressed negative coverage of Russia’s performance.

In Telegram channels, critics who generally support Russia’s campaign in Ukraine are faulting the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia’s inadequate preparation for the war, an unnecessarily high rate of casualties and the slow pace of Russia’s offensive.

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