profile 16 Oct 17

Long-Running Coup Drama Still Has Montenegro Gripped

A year after the alleged coup attempt, countless media reports, official statements and an ongoing trial have failed to resolve doubts about what happened on October 16 last year in Montenegro.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN
Podgorica
 
 Montenegrin Special Prosecutor Milioje Katnic. Photo: Yutube screenshot.

Numerous conspiracy theories are still floating around about what happened on October 16 last year on election day in Montenegro when 20, mostly Serbian, citizens were arrested on terrorism charges.

Supporters of the “staged coup” theory say the evidence supports official claims about a Russian-backed plot to overthrow the government and prevent the country from joining NATO.

The theory that the assassination of the country’s former Prime Minister, Milo Djukanoic, was planned and that the Russian intelligence officers had inside support from the opposition Democratic Front, has been debated heatedly in social media over the past year.

Others believe the coup was a fake, organized by the circles around Djukanovic himself to secure his party another election victory.

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