6 Russian coup plot in Montenegro?
Montenegro’s long-serving prime minister is to step down, the governing Democratic Socialist party has said, and will be replaced by his deputy, Duško Marković.
Tuesday’s announcement came hours after Milo Đukanović, who has governed as Montenegro’s prime minister or president for a total of 21 years since 1991, announced his government was investigating a possible Russian role in an alleged 16 October coup plot aimed at derailing the country’s elections.
Đukanović had said there was a “strong connection of a foreign factor” in the alleged conspiracy to take over the Montenegrin parliament on election day, adding that the country’s authorities would investigate the extent of involvement of Russia and Serbia. Twenty people, including the former commander of special police in neighbouring Serbia, were arrested on the day of the would-be coup attempt.
The Serbian prime minister, Aleksandar Vučić, announced on Monday night that Serbian police had made more arrests of people suspected of following Đukanović and planning unspecified crimes in Montenegro.
“We have seized uniforms, money and other things, and have informed the special prosecution in Montenegro of what we know,” Vučić told a press conference. He said the suspects had no connection to the Serbian state but did have ties to an unnamed third country.
On Thursday, another bombshell landed: the daily newspaper Danas, citing highly-placed sources in the government, reported that Serbia had www.danas.rs/politika.56.html?news_id=330824&amp;title=Nekoliko+ruskih+dr%C5%BEavljana+proterano+zbog+%C5%A1pijuna%C5%BEe several Russian citizens in connection with the Montenegro plot. Furthermore, the paper reported that the Serbs arrested earlier had in their possession several devices allowing for encrypted communication, as well as some unspecified sophisticated technology used to continuously track the location of Djukanovic. Some of the arrested Serbs had reportedly fought on the Russian side in Donbas, in Ukraine.
It just so happened that Nikolai Patrushev, the former head of the FSB and the current head of Russia’s Security Council, had just arrived in Belgrade. Could his visit be linked to the expulsions of what appeared to be Russian agents?
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