Monday 26 January



Lucy Ash explores the Russian military strategy of deception – ‘maskirovka’ – from its use against invading Mongols in the 14th century to the current crisis in Ukraine.

Translated literally, ‘maskirovka’ means ‘disguise’, but it also points to strategic, operational, physical and tactical duplicity. When heavily-armed, mask-wearing gunmen – labelled the ‘little green men’ – took over government buildings in Crimea last year, was it a classic example of maskirovka in the 21st century? All nations use deception as a strategy in war, but Analysis asks whether any other nation has pursued guile as an instrument of policy for so long, and as ardently as Russia.

Presenter/ Lucy Ash, Producer/ Katy Hickman for the BBC

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