BELGRADE, 9 May – RIA News. The Montenegrin High Court found two Russians, Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, guilty of preparing the coup in Montenegro and sentenced them to 15 and 12 years in prison respectively and national television broadcasts the sentence.
Shishmakov and Popov were tried in their absence.
"Edward Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, aware … they knew their actions were illegal, they deliberately participated in a crime with the intention of intimidating the citizens of Montenegro, attacking the life and health of another person, threatening the foundations of the social structure of Montenegro The entry of Montenegro into NATO ", – announced the verdict of Judge Susana Mugosh.
According to her, it was the citizens of the Russian Federation who were the main initiators and organizers of the coup attempt and provided the rest of the condemned through the baton of the prosecution Alexander Singelich with money and instructions. At the same time, the judge noted that Shishmakov was "the undisputed organizer" of the coup attempt and presented data on his two passports that the Montenegrin police own.
Shishmakov was sentenced to 15 years in prison, Popov at age 12, leaders of the "Democratic Front" opposition Andriya Mandic at 5 years in prison and Milan Knezhevich at 5 years, the other defendants also received various terms of imprisonment .
The Office of the Special Prosecutor of Montenegro in March requested the most severe punishment possible for two Russians, Mandic and Cadjenovic. In his closing speech, the prosecution repeated the version with the alleged plotted plots of the current president Milo Djukanovic, the murder of police officers and the violent seizure of power.
Official representatives of Russia have previously called unfounded accusations of Russia's involvement in the attempt to putsch. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the charges against Russia were aimed at justifying their membership of NATO before their own people.