Contents tagged with Montenegro

  • Czech Republic identifies Russians linked to attempted coup in Montenegro

    Journalists from the Czech news outlet Denik N have spoken to several Russian citizens linked to the Czech company Sofbiz, which transferred half a million euros to the organizers of a failed coup attempt in Montenegro in October 2016. According to the investigation carried out by the Montenegrin authorities, these funds were intended as payment for the assassination of then Prime Minister and current President of Montenegro Milo Dukanovic.

    Sofbiz was established in the Czech Republic as a …

  • Two Russians convicted in absentia for attempted coup attempt in Montenegro

    The Supreme Court of Montenegro sentenced Russians Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov in absentia to 15 and 12 years in prison, respectively. The investigation revealed that two citizens of the Russian Federation were the initiators and organizers of the attempted coup d'état that took place on October 16, 2016. The prosecutor's office believes that the Russians transferred money and instructions to the conspirators in Montenegro.

    Montenegrin news portal Vijesti reported that Montenegro’s …

  • Ukraine joins EU sanctions against Russia

    According to the message published on European Council’s website, Montenegro, Albania, Norway and Ukraine joined the Council’s December decision to extend economic sanctions against Russia.  

    “The European Council adopted decision 2018/2078 on December 21, 2018 (Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: “On restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine”). The Council decision prolongs the restrictive measures for a further six months, until July 31 …

  • Media: coup in Montenegro was organized by a Russian intelligence agent

    Russian citizen Vladimir Popov, who was placed on the international wanted list after organizing an attempted coup in Montenegro, has been identified as Vladimir Moiseev, an agent of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), as reported by the investigative group Bellingcat and The Insider on November 22.

    The journalists’ investigation materials show that 38 year-old Moiseev, after graduating from the Tyumen High Military Engineering Command School, was trained between 2006 and 2009 in …

  • Montenegro’s opposition leaders suspected of attempting a coup ask Putin and Macron for help

    The leaders of the opposition coalition "Democratic Front" of Montenegro, Milan Knezevich and Andrija Mandic wrote an open letter to the presidents of Russia and France, Serbian authorities, as well as the leaders of the PACE and the European Parliament. In the letter, the politicians claim that they and their supporters are subjected to prosecution, including judicial.

    Knezevich and Mandic believe that their case has political motives.

    They said that the court revoked their passports, which …

  • Montenegro, Albania, Norway and Ukraine extend sanctions against Russia

    Montenegro, Albania, Norway and Ukraine supported the EU’s proposal to extend sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2019, according to a statement by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini, posted on the EU Council website.

    "The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, align themselves with this declaration. They will ensure that their national …

  • Russia expels a Montenegrin diplomat

    According to a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia has decided to expel a Montenegrin diplomat in response to a similar step by Podgorica.

    On Monday, the Ambassador of Montenegro to the Russian Federation was summoned to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “He received a note of protest,” the statement of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “and it was announced that in response to the unjustified demands of Montenegro to expel the Russian diplomat on the basis of …

  • Serbia and Montenegro may join the EU soon

    The European Commission is going to accelerate the negotiation with Serbia and Montenegro to join the European Union, Die Welt reports with reference to the latest strategic document of the European Commission. "By 2025, they should be ready to become members of the EU," the document says.

    Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy will introduce a new EU strategy for the Balkan countries in Brussels on Tuesday, February 6. He said that Serbia and Montenegro …

  • Montenegro suspects Kadyrov of involvement in an attempted coup

    Montenegrin prosecutors suspect that the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, campaigned for the leaders of the Montenegrin Muslim community to cooperate with the pro-Russian Democratic Front party, which, in their opinion, should lead to a change of power in the country, reported the Russian publication Izvestia.

    Podgorica believes that a criminal group including Russian nationalists planned a coup involving the assassination of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic during the parliamentary elections …

  • Russia grants asylum to participant in attempted coup in Montenegro

    Montenegrin citizen Ananije Nikić, accused in his home country of involvement in an attempted coup d'état in October 2016, has been granted political asylum in Russia, reported the Montenegrin news outlet Pobjeda with reference to the Montenegrin Ministry of Justice. The article also notes that Montenegro was notified of the decision by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO).

    Nikić was placed on the wanted list following an unsuccessful attempted coup in Montenegro. The investigation …