Milan knežević (left) and Andria, Magicphoto: Stevo Vasiljevic / Reuters
The high court in Podgorica sentenced two Russians to 15 and 12 years imprisonment for plotting a coup in Montenegro, reports TASS.
According to investigators, Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov took part in the coup. Leaders of the Montenegrin opposition Andrija Mandic and Milan knežević in the same case sentenced to five years imprisonment. Earlier Mandic and knežević has repeatedly stated that the process is politically motivated, and Montenegrin authorities took the opposition scores.
5 November 2018 it was reported that Mandic and knežević addressed the heads of several States with the request to protect them from political persecution by the authorities. Copy of application was sent to the leaders of Russia, France, Serbia, as well as a number of European functionaries. The choice of countries and organizations due to the fact that policy was carried out there last working meetings in the period from 27 July to 30 October 2018.
In Montenegro Mandic and knežević was accused of preparing a coup with the assistance of Moscow. According to the government, it was directed against the policy of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and the policy of joining NATO.
In November 2017 Mandic and knežević wrote to Russian leader Vladimir Putin the letter in which asked about support and informed about the alleged involvement of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, to the preparation of the coup. In the Kremlin all the accusations are called unfounded.
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