Mon­tene­gro: Rus­sians be­hind coup at­tempt, plot to kill PM

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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