Latest News from Montenegro

Serbian Model Quits Beauty Contest over Photo with Albanian Symbol

Valentina Petrovic apologised and pulled out of the Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant on Tuesday after Serbian media reacted furiously to a photograph of her with other contestants from Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania making hand gestures in the shape of double-headed eagles was published on Instagram.

Montenegro Parliament Pressed to Back Key ‘Anti-Mafia’ Law

Montenegrin government representatives at the Origin of Property draft law presentation. Photo: Government of Montenegro

At the presentation of the draft law, Abazovic said Montenegrin society was ready for such an "anti-mafia law".

For the Serbian Patriarch, North Macedonia does not exist

The Serbian Orthodox Church, the most loyal ally of modern Serbian chauvinism in the Balkans, began celebrations on the 700th anniversary of the death of King Stefan II Milutin (1282-29 October 1321) in RN Macedonia, but without inviting local scholars, a BGNES reporter reported.

Montenegro Prosecution Indicts ‘Kavac’ Gang’s Alleged Kingpin

The special state prosecutor's offices in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: EPA/BORIS PEJOVIC

Police arrested Kascelan, 58, on April 21 suspicion of organising a criminal group that had committed and planned several serious crimes, while another high-ranking gang member, Radoje Zvicer, escaped from the country.

41 countries to contest in 2022 Eurovision

Forty-one countries will compete in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, up two from this year, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Oct. 20.

Montenegro Ex-Intelligence Chief Arrested for Wiretapping Prosecutor 

Montenegrin Deputy PM Dritan Abazovic and former head of National Security Agency Dejan Perunicic (right). Photo: Government of Montenegro

Special State Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic said Perunicic is suspected of abuse of office, after conforming that an illegal surveillance bug was found in his office.

Montenegro Arrests Ex-Soldier for Suspected Bosnian War Crimes

Montenegrin Special State Prosecutor Lidija Vukcevic. Photo: PR Centar.

"Bosnia and Herzegovina's Prosecutor's Office transferred this case to the relevant judicial authorities of Montenegro. There is a suspicion that Pekovic was involved in killing two Bonsiaks and raping and sexually abusing civilians in Foca," Vukcevic said.

Yugoslav-Era Admiral, Ally of Tito, Dies of COVID-19

Former Yugoslav Navy Fleet Admiral Branko Mamula in 1977. Photo: Private archive of Branko Mamula.

Born into a Serb family in Croatia in 1921, Mamula became a member of the Communist Party in his youth. At the start of Yugoslavia's involvement in World War II in 1941, he joined the Partisan resistance movement led by Josip Broz Tito.

Montenegro views Turkey as prime source of investment

Montenegro believes Turkey has the potential to be among the top five investors in the country, its economic development minister said recently.

Jakov Milatovic said he believes economic links between Turkey and Montenegro can become even stronger.

Montenegro Ruling Over Historic Monastery Sparks Nationalist Anger

The Cetinje Monastery in the old royal capital of Montenegro. Photo: Shutterstock

The main opposition Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, accused the government of allowing "theft" and of serving the interests of the Serbian Church - with which it has often conflcted - and said it will file a criminal complaint.

Kosovo has Become the Leader in Vaccination in the Western Balkans

Kosovo is the country with the largest share of receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the Western Balkans. The country, which later launched mass immunization, quickly caught up, but also surpassed the former leader, Serbia, and Northern Macedonia and Montenegro, which managed to speed up their campaign in the summer, according to data from the Our World in Data platform.

Montenegrin Pride Calls for Strengthened LGBT Rights

"Everyone must contribute to building a Montenegrin society in which all communities are equal. We must never consent to homophobia, violence and hatred," Danijel Kalezic, head of Queer Montenegro, an NGO, said.

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