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Montenegro accuses Russians over alleged coup plot

  • In this Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 file photo, Montenegrin police officers escort people suspected of planning armed attacks after the parliamentary vote in Podgorica, Montenegro. Montenegro's special prosecutor  Milivoje Katnic, has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, following an investigation. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

    In this Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 file photo, Montenegrin police officers escort people suspected of planning armed attacks after the parliamentary vote in Podgorica, Montenegro. Montenegro's special prosecutor Milivoje Katnic, has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, following an investigation. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 file photo, former Montenegro's Prime Minister and long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists leader Milo Djukanovic, center, speaks in his headquarter, in Podgorica, Montenegro. Montenegro's special prosecutor  Milivoje Katnic, has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, following an investigation.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

    In this Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 file photo, former Montenegro's Prime Minister and long-ruling Democratic Party of Socialists leader Milo Djukanovic, center, speaks in his headquarter, in Podgorica, Montenegro. Montenegro's special prosecutor Milivoje Katnic, has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, following an investigation. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)  (The Associated Press)

Montenegro's special prosecutor has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister, Milo Djukanovic.

Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic says that an investigation into the alleged plot last October to overthrow Montenegro's government and prevent it from joining NATO has shown "that Russian state bodies were involved at a certain level."

Russian officials vehemently denied the claim on Monday.

Katnic told Prva TV late Sunday that Eduard Shishmakov, an alleged Russian military spy, was the main coordinator of the plot.

Katnic says Shishmakov was deputy Russian military attaché in Poland before being expelled for espionage in 2014.

Some 20 people, mostly Serbian citizens, have been arrested in Montenegro over the alleged plot.