“The government of Montenegro has made a voluntary contribution of €6,000 to support the Internet platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and the work of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).

The agreements were signed on 19 December 2018 by Ambassador Božidarka Krunić, Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the Council of Europe, and by Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General.” (CoE)

“The Ministry of Defense plans to spend EUR 215 million ($245.5 million) for procurement of equipment by 2028, while defense investments will increase by 82% and in 2028 will amount to EUR 145 million ($165 million), suggests the Defense Long-term Development Plan 2019-2028.

Moreover, the infrastructural projects will require around EUR 30 million ($34.1 million), while during the period from 2019 to 2024, the defense expenditures are projected at 1.73% in 2020, i.e. 2% in 2024. (CdM)

The US Treasury Department charged Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and a former member of the Main Intelligence Service (GRU), Viktor Alekseevich Boyarkin, for interference in the parliamentary elections in Montenegro in 2016. The US Department of Property Control (OFAC) published a document listing, inter alia, that Deripaska provided financial support for ‘one political party in Montenegro’ through Boyarkin.

‘Boyarkin is a former GRU officer who directly reported to Deripaska and conducted business negotiations on his behalf. Deripaska and Boyarkin are involved in providing Russian financial support to the party in Montenegro ahead of the 2016 elections,’ the report said.

The US Department of State’s report did not indicate which party it was doing, while ‘News’ in the OFAC responded that they had no further details than those that were published.

The Montenegrin Special State Prosecutor’s Office (SDT) accused a part of the Democratic Front officials, along with former Russian intelligentsia, to force violently to change power in October 2016 in the case of the ‘state coup.’ On the basis of an indictment for participation in the organization of attempts at terrorism and the violent demolition of authorities in Montenegro, the High Court is tried in the absence of GRU officers Vladimir Popov and Edward Shishmakov. The research site Bellingcat recently announced that Popov is real name Vladimir Nikolaevich Mossey. So far, Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2016 parliamentary elections.” (translated from Vijesti)