Montenegro: Rus­sians plot­ted coup, as­sas­si­na­tion

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PODGORICA, Montenegro — Rus­sian na­tion­al­ists were be­hind an al­leged coup at­tempt in Montenegro that in­cluded plans to as­sas­si­nate the proWestern prime min­is­ter be­cause of his gov­ern­ment’s bid to join NATO, the coun­try’s chief spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor said Sun­day.

Milivoje Kat­nic said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads to the con­clu­sion that “na­tion­al­ists from Rus­sia” or­ga­nized a crim­i­nal group that planned to break into the Montenegro Par­lia­ment on elec­tion day, kill Prime Min­is­ter Milo Djukanovic and bring a pro-Rus­sian coali­tion to power.

Some 20 Ser­bian and Mon­tene­grin cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing a for­mer com­man­der of Ser­bia’s spe­cial po­lice forces, were ar­rested in Montenegro dur­ing the Oct. 16 vote. Four­teen of them re­main in cus­tody. Rus­sian of­fi­cials have de­nied any in­volve­ment.

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