Suspected of espionage: Montenegro expels employees of the Russian embassy

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    Suspiced of espionage: Montenegro expels employees of the Russian embassy

    The investigation is underway against two local residents, three dozen Russians living in the country and six Russian diplomats who were decided to be expelled from the country.

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    In Montenegro, people are being searched who are suspected of working for Russian intelligence, according to the local newspaper Vijesti. During the searches, “objects of interest to the investigation” were seized.

    Several law enforcement sources told reporters that the investigation was being conducted against two citizens of Montenegro, six employees of the Russian embassy and several Russian citizens. According to Robjeda, about 30 Russians who temporarily reside in Montenegro were under suspicion.

    Soon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared six employees of the Russian embassy persona non grata, they are expected to be deported from the country.

    The Russian embassy in Podgorica stated that “due to the hostile actions of the authorities of the republic” the activities of the consular department of the Russian embassy in Montenegro suspended indefinitely.

    Part of an international operation

    The Special State Prosecutor's Office reported that no one was detained during the searches. However, Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic announced the arrest of several people.

    “The action was planned a little earlier and started last night,” he said. “Several people were arrested this morning.”

    According to media reports, the operation was organized by the National Security Agency and was carried out by order of the Special State Prosecutor's Office.< /p>

    At the same time, interlocutors in the law enforcement agencies of Montenegro say that today's action is part of an international operation.

    The NSA has not officially responded to a question about whether it is true that several people were arrested on suspicion of espionage.

    What is known about the suspects?

    Sources say that, according to the NSA , one of the suspects, an employee of the state administration, has been working for the Russian special services for more than ten years, being part of a large group. All members of the group are already known.

    Among the suspects is the former press secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Radomir Sekulovich, who held this position during the existence of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2003-2006. He has worked in the diplomatic service for over 30 years, starting his career in the former Yugoslavia.

    Suspiced of espionage: Montenegro expels Russian embassy staff

    Espionage suspected: Montenegro expels Russian embassy staff

    Court Montenegro recognized as the organizers of the rebellion two Russians – Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov (according to other sources – Moiseev). The investigation considers them to be employees of the GRU.

    On May 19, 2016, a protocol on the accession of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was signed at NATO headquarters in Brussels. On the same day, Russia threatened to “answer” Montenegro for joining NATO.