Stalking horse

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stalking horse

— a false pretext concealing someone’s real intentions

— a political candidate who runs only in order to provoke the election and thus allow a stronger candidate to come forward

Litotes

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litotes
— a figure of speech wherein understatement is used to emphasize a point by stating a negative to further affirm a positive, often incorporating double negatives for effect (eg: “She’s not bad looking” can literally mean she is average-looking, or it can mean she’s very good looking)

Maskirovka definition

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Maskirovka (Маскировка)
– a Russian word pertaining to the business of military deception. Although the word is sometimes translated as ‘camouflage’, this belies its much broader meaning that includes all measures, active and passive, designed to deceive the enemy, which includes: concealment (skrytie), imitation using decoys and military dummies (imitasiia), manoeuvres intended to deceive (demonstrativnye manevry) and disinformation (dezinformatsiia).
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