Chechnya strongman named in Montenegro coup case

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov might have been indirectly involved in plotting a coup d’etat in Montenegro.

His name is mentioned in materials in the case, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reports with reference to a letter from Montenegrin opposition leaders Milan Knezevic and Andrija Mandic to the Russian embassy.

The trial against the organizers of the election-day coup in Montenegro began on July 29, 2017. They are accused of plotting a coup to overthrow Montenegro’s government by assassinating Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. There are 13 defendants in the case, including two Russian nationals.

According to the country’s prosecutors, Moscow which wanted to derail Montenegro’s accession to NATO, might have been behind preparing the coup.

In particular, the name of Kadyrov, the Chechen strongman and Vladimir Putin’s ally, has appeared in indictments. The Montenegrin prosecutors claim that he called leaders of the local Muslim community for cooperation with the opposition in order to change the government.


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