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Theatricality and deception: How Russia uses ‘maskirovka’ to shake the world

by Josh K. Elliott (Feat. Julian Lindley-French)

Global News
June 9, 2018

Theatricality and deception can make a man — or a country — appear to be much more than they really are in the mind of an opponent.

The Russians have been embracing this approach for centuries in military and political showdowns, under a doctrine called “maskirovka.”

The word means “masking,” and it’s a fitting name for a tactic that depends entirely on misrepresentation.

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