Russian Meddling Could Be a Real Risk in Montenegro’s Upcoming Election

Montenegro's long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists leader Milo Djukanovic speaks at his party headquarters, Podgorica, Montenegro, Oct. 17, 2016 (AP photo by Darko Vojinovic).
Montenegro's long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists leader Milo Djukanovic speaks at his party headquarters, Podgorica, Montenegro, Oct. 17, 2016 (AP photo by Darko Vojinovic).

On April 15, Montenegrins will go to the polls to elect a new president, but the likely winner will not be a new face. The country’s governing Democratic Party of Socialists, or DPS, nominated Milo Djukanovic, who has governed Montenegro as president or prime minister for much of the past three decades and oversaw the tiny Balkan state’s path to accession to NATO last year. Djukanovic, who retired as prime minister in late 2016, is seen as the leading promoter of Montenegro’s ambitions to join the European Union and position itself closer to Brussels and Washington. But pro-Russian forces in […]

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