Montenegro: Russians behind coup attempt, plot to kill PM
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 Balkan 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. But they have openly supported the “patriotic” parties that are against Montenegro’s membership bid in the Western military alliance.