Maskirovka

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To Inform is to Influence

Soviet Maskirovko

A good paper which directly applies to Ukraine.

In the years following the overthrow of the Tsar of Russia, Vladimir Lenin’s secret services—the Cheka—adopted an idea that the Soviets were later to embrace—Maskirovka.

This is a term that has no direct equivalent in the West, but it simultaneously encompasses the arts of: concealment, the use of dummies and decoys, disinformation and even the execution of complex demonstration maneuvers. Indeed anything capable of . . . weakening the enemy.

Indeed, conscious that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) would struggle to match the pace of technological investment of the United States, the Soviets actively sought alternatives to hard power, and, by the late 1950s, scientists began studying physical and social regulatory systems. Using newly developed computer technology, scientists were directed to consider military decision-making. In doing so, they created a modeling system comprised of three sub-systems: a model to…

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this day in crime history: may 7, 1896

Nobody Move!

On this day in 1896, Herman Mudgett (aka Dr. H.H. Holmes) was well hung. No, that’s not quite right. Hung well? No. He was really hung? No, still wrong. How about hung by the neck until dead? Yeah, that’ll do.

Mudgett, a pioneer in the field of serial killing (committing the crimes, not solving them), was one of this country’s first identified serial killers. The total number of his victims remains unknown to this day. Estimates range between twenty-seven and two hundred.

Even though Mudgett was more prolific than Jack the Ripper, he never achieved Jack’s level of notoriety. I guess he could have used a publicist. Or maybe a reality TV show.

Further reading:

Herman Mudgett article at Crime Library

Herman Mudgett article at Wikipedia

Philadelphia Weekly  – Holmes Sweet Holmes

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