16:07 Nov. 11, 2016
The plotters were allegedly going to storm the country's parliament, kill the PM and install a pro-Russian party
Serbia has deported a group of Russians suspected of involvement in a coup plot in neighbouring Montenegro, the Guardian reports.
According to the latest details provided by the newspaper, the group of plotters wanted to attack the Montenegrin parliament, kill the prime minister Milo Djukanovic and bring a pro-Russian party to power.
The group of plotters consisted of 20 Serbians and Montenegrins, some of whom previously had fought in eastern Ukraine with Russian-backed militants, were arrested in Podgorica.
A group of 20 Serbians and Montenegrins, some of whom had fought with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, were arrested in Podgorica, the Montenegrin capital. In Serbia, another group of Russians were also detained with EUR 120.000 in cash and with special forces uniforms. Russian plotters also had encryption equipment and were able to keep track of the Prime Minister whereabouts, the Serbian newspaper Danas reports.
After detaining the Russian plotters, the Serbian government quietly deported the convicts after the intervention of the head of the Russian security council, Nikolai Patrushev, the diplomatic sources told Guardian. He flew to Belgrade on October 26 to sooth the scandal. The Serbian government is denying the allegation so far.
Nikolai Patrushev apologised for what he described as rogue operation that had no sanction from Kremlin.
After Patrushev's visit to Serbia, another stock of weapons was found, which triggered an even bigger anger of the Belgrade officials. This time it was found near the country's prime minister Aleksandar Vučić's home, at a road junction where he usually slows down on his way home.
According to the information by the country's interior minister, the plotters were preparing to assassinate the Serbian top politician for EUR 10 million.
Later, Moscow denied all allegations on Patrusev, its involvement in the coup attempt and apologise.