Latest News from Montenegro

Montenegro’s Divided Govt Finally Silences Russian Media

Montenegrin government session in Podgorica. Photo: Government of Montenegro

The government adopted the measures on Friday, more than five weeks after it joined EU sanctions on Moscow on March 1.

Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic said the move covers a wide package of restrictions on Russian officials, banks, companies and media.

Belarus declared Bulgaria an “unfriendly” country

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko considers Bulgaria an unfriendly state.

Today, the government in Minsk approved a list of countries it considers "unfriendly".

BIRN Fact-Check: Can Kosovo Reopen its Border Deal with Montenegro?

On March 31, Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla-Schwartz said demarcation between Kosovo and Montenegro was still not over, also pointing out that the border has yet to be marked on the ground by state commissions of both countries.

Montenegrin Deputy PM’s Push to Penalize ‘Fake News’ Condemned

Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic at a press conference. Photo: Government of Montenegro

On March 2, the leader of Black on White, the smallest bloc in the former ruling coalition, was proposed as prime minister-designate after he announced the formation of a new minority government.

Montenegro Govt Criticized for Again Delaying Russia Sanctions

Montenegrin Government session in Podgorica. Photo: Government of Montenegro

An MP for the largest opposition party, the former ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, Milos Nikolic, accused the government of ruining the country's reputation.

Montenegro Police Protect Activist From Russian Nationalist’s Threats

Founder of Russian ultra-nationalist online group 'Male State', Vladislav Pozdnyakov, on a beach in Montenegro. Photo:Telegram/Vladislav Pozdnyakov

On Wednesday Zekovic filed charges against Pozdnyakov after he posted on the Telegram group that Zekovic "will pay for his lies".

Montenegro Urged to Prevent Volunteer Fighters Going to Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers in Independence Square in Kyiv. Photo: EPA-EFE/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE.

The Ukrainian embassy on Monday issued an appeal on its Facebook page for foreign citizens to help in Kyiv's fight against invading Russian forces, although the post was deleted after being republished by some media outlets.

EU Doubles Bosnia Peacekeepers as Global Security ‘Deteriorates’

European Union Force EUFOR troops attend the handover ceremony of their chief-of-staff in Sarajevo, 7 May 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/FEHIM DEMIR

"The deterioration of the security situation internationally has the potential to spread instability to Bosnia and Herzegovina," EUFOR said on Thursday.

European Court: Montenegro Failed to Compensate Bus Crash Victims

A hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Photo: EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

The court said Montenegro violated the European Convention on Human Rights, which says that everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal.

Montenegro Arrests US Fugitives Convicted in 18 Million Dollar Fraud

Montenegrin police officer on patrol in the capital Podgorica. Photo. BIRN/Samir Kajosevic

The US Justice Department said that Richard Ayvazyan, his wife, Marietta Terabelian, and his sister-in-law, Tamara Dadyan, were in detention in Montenegro. The Montenegrin Interior Ministry didn't respond to BIRN's request for arrest details by time of publication.

Montenegro Ponders Ukrainian Far-Right Group Member’s Asylum Request

Supporters of the 'Right Sector' carry portraits of their comrades killed fighting in eastern Ukraine. Photo: EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

Since December, he has been held in a migrant shelter near the capital, Podgorica, until Montenegro's Interior Ministry decides on his request; he is on a Russian-issued international arrest warrant for allegedly smuggling strategically important resources.

North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania Fail to Investigate Wagner Group

Servicemen of the Armed Forces self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) at a parade in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALEXANDER USENKO

On November 26, 2021, the European Parliament voted sanctions on the Wagner Group and its affiliates, and the three would-be-EU-member Western Balkan countries soon joined the restrictions.

Montenegro Promises to Compensate for Publishing Self-Isolators’ Names

Montenegrin army officers guarding quarantine in the town of Niksic. Photo: Government of Montenegro

According to government data, 2,720 persons filed lawsuits against the state for publishing their names on lists of people ordered to self-isolate.