Contents tagged with Montenegro

  • Montenegro accuses Russia of planning last October's coup attempt

    Russian intelligence was involved in planning a coup d’état in Montenegro on the 16th of October 2016, said special state prosecutor Milivoje Katnić in a local television broadcast.

    According to the Montenegrin prosecutor, on the 16th of October, a group of conspirators planned to assassinate Prime Minister Milo Đukanović. Russian citizen Eduard Shirokov featured on the list of suspects for participation in the attempted coup.

    According to a written publication of Vijesti, the investigation …

  • Parliament of Montenegro revoked immunity of leaders of pro-Russian opposition

    On Monday, February 13, Chief Special Prosecutor of Montenegro Milivoje Katnić appealed to Montenegro’s Parliament with a request to lift parliamentary immunity of the leaders of the pro-Russian opposition, the Democratic Front’s Andrija Mandiić and Milan Knežević. Days later, Radio I Televizija Crne Gore reported that Parliament voted to do exactly that.

    Before the vote, Speaker of the Parliament Ivan Brajović expressed hope that lifting the immunity of both deputies would speed up the …

  • The Parliament of Montenegro can lift diplomatic immunity of pro-Russian MPs

    The Parliamentary Commission of Montenegro supported the request of the Chief Special Prosecutor to rescind the diplomatic immunity of two high-ranking opposition leaders accused of being involved in a pro-Russian plot to overthrow the Government, Radio Svoboda reported. The Parliament is scheduled to vote on the removal of diplomatic immunity from the MPs on the 15th of February.

    The Chief Special Prosecutor of Montenegro, Milivoje Katnich, has already made the request which allows for Andrey …

  • A Russian is officially accused of planning of the assassination attempt on the ex-Prime Minister of Montenegro

    Montenegrin authorities suspect a Russian citizen, Eduard Shirokov, of planning the assassination of the former Montenegrin Prime Minister, Milo Đukanović.

    As Vijesti Online reported, he was charged in absentia of criminal organization and terrorist activities.

    Earlier Shirokov and another Russian citizen, Vladimir Popov, were on the international wanted list. According to the prosecution, they and other citizens of Serbia planned to arrange mass riots and a coup d’etat on Parliamentary …

  • Media: Yanukovych’s son will invest $13 million in construction in Montenegro

    Oleksandr Yanukovych, son of the fugitive former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, decided to invest thirteen million dollars in real estate construction in Montenegro, according to a report by the Serbian tabloid, Informer.

    According to Informer, Yanukovych intends to build apartments and business facilities. He was prompted to invest by 31-year-old Serbian model and Playboy star Soraja Vučelić, who will be an intermediary in the deal.

    The publication calls Yanukovych Jr. a "successful …

  • One of the Montenegro attempted coup participants maintained relations with the Russian military attache in Serbia

    In November, the Montenegro Prosecutor’s Office, following the parliamentary elections, said that a coup attempt and a plan to assassinate the Prime Minister, Milo Đukanović, were organized in the country.

    According to the article “The strength and the weakness of the Russian special services,” Nemanja Ristić, one of the alleged participants in the Montenegro coup attempt, maintained relations with the Russian military attaché in Serbia, Colonel Andrei Kindyakov. This conclusion was reached as …

  • Montenegro issues international arrest warrant for two Russians and three Serbs for involvement in coup attempt

    Montenegro has issued an international arrest warrant for two Russians and three Serbs who are allegedly involved in a coup d’état attempt in order to overthrow the Montenegrin government, Radio Svoboda reported.

    On the 27th of December, the Montenegrin Prosecutor’s Office reported that five people are wanted on suspicion of terrorist activity, including the plot to murderthe Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, and seize of the Parliament building on Election Day in October.

    The two …

  • Photo found showing Lavrov and Montenegrin coup plotter together

    An alleged participant in a coup in Montenegro, Nemanja Ristić, was seen in a photo with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, during his visit to Belgrade.

    This was brought to the media’s attention by N1, a Serbian news agency.

    As the Associated Press notes, Ristić himself has explained that he got into this photo "accidentally."

    The photo also contains members of the Zavetniki movement, whose representatives told Radio Liberty’s Balkan Service that Ristić had no affiliation with their …

  • Lavrov: NATO is 'dragging Montenegro' into the alliance

    At an OSCE ministerial meeting in Hamburg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that NATO is “desperately dragging Montenegro” into the alliance, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    According to Lavrov, the continued enlargement of NATO in the Balkans changes the geopolitical situation on the European continent.

    "NATO continues to say that they will continue to expand. Now they are desperately dragging Montenegro into their ranks and we see it. No one asks the people of Montenegro, though …

  • Montenegro PM accuses pro-Russian opposition of organizing his assassination attempt

    The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, has accused the pro-Russian opposition of direct involvement in pursuing a violent change of power in the country. He has also accused them of being involved in his assassination attempt on election day.

    Balkan Insight reports that he stated this while on the Pink M TV channel.

    “I see their activity as part of the preparation of my murder and as an attempt to take away the independence of Montenegro,” Đukanović continued.

    He also called on …