Fascinating

Russia plotted to assassinate the prime minister of a European nation and overthrow its government last year, according to senior Whitehall sources.

An election-day coup plot to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill the pro-Western leader was directed by Russian intelligence officers with the support and blessing of Moscow, to sabotage the country’s plan to join Nato.

This is just me and my prejudices of course but I do tend to think that if this was actually planned from the centre then it would have worked. There’s an amazing number of rather less competent hyper-nationalists out there who might dream of trying something like this though.

20 comments on “Fascinating

  1. I think that Russia’s capabilities have been decaying over the years. They can, and do, kill dissidents in Britain. But it is harder to overthrow a government in the Balkans.

  2. It’s prime Whitehall cockrot ordered up as part of the “Get Trump” CIA/NSA breakaway gang giving orders to their UK security service/senior civil service stooges. It is to beef up the “wicked Russia” half of the “Wicked Russian=Impeach Trump” malarkey that is the “Deep State” play to be rid of Trump.

    It would be less initial trouble to have him killed but millions of Trump supporters are well-armed and might just take The Donald’s death as proof that the USA is now a brazen tyranny. And that is a ball game that could have very bad consequences for the Langley gang.

  3. Yeah, but it’s “according to senior Whitehall sources”, so maybe they were gonna use Saddam’s WMD for the heinous deed.

  4. Why on earth would Russia want to stop Montenegro joining NATO? Russia has more than enough leverage on the place to give them a de-facto veto on all NATO resolutions, don’t they?

    Montenegro doesn’t have so much as a scrap of military capacity, it joining only adds an obligation that most NATO members will likely balk at.

    Western intelligence agencies seem to have completely lost their minds. Is this what happens when you spend 20 years recruiting for diversity quotas?

  5. Are you expressing scepticism, Diogenes? I did so in a comment on an American blog and got told off roundly for it. Not making obeisance to the Leader of the Free World was my crime, apparently.

  6. Does anyone know why NATO still exists? I recall that, on a recent thread, Ironman insisted that it was a vital institution for some reason that only he is clever enough to understand but, as far as I can see, it creates jobs for bureaucrats in Zaventem and keeps trying to provoke war with Russia. The original purpose has disappeared and it has morphed into a destabilising force

  7. If those Russkis plan to harm the world, conquering Montenegro is a bloody odd way of going about it.

    It would be like the USA conquering Grenada.

    Oops.

  8. NATO just means next time the French invade Germany we have to come to Germany’s defence.
    Pretty sure that worked out really badly when the Germans then the Russians invaded Poland…
    Come to think of it, similar alliances existed prior to 1914. One country did this so another country did that, invasion so came to defence of ally….
    NATO helped almost cause WW3 over 30 years ago. Perhaps it has outlived its usefulness.

  9. Montenegro doesn’t have so much as a scrap of military capacity, it joining only adds an obligation that most NATO members will likely balk at.

    Plus another non-contributor in the decision loop, which means another opportunity for information to “go missing”.

    Russia should be pushing to get them in, not keep them out.

  10. From the article: “Sources said the plot appeared to have been constructed so it was deniable and could be blamed on rogue Russian agents and nationalists, but evidence showed it was inconceivable it did not have high-level backing.”

    I take it there is no evidence of high level backing, otherwise the source would have plainly said so.

  11. “NATO just means next time the French invade Germany we have to come to Germany’s defence.”

    We are not obliged to take sides IIRC.

  12. Recruiting exclusively from Oxbridge, more like.

    It was the Cambridge ones that caused the problems:
    He’s a Cambridge man, up the wrong end of a punt;
    He’s a Cambridge man, and we really must be blunt:
    If you think the Secret Service have been looking rather nervous,
    They remember that Guy Burgess was a Cambridge man.
    He ignores the girls of Girton (he’s a Cambridge man);
    He has crossed the Iron Curtain (he’s a Cambridge man)
    And we’ll all discover later that he’s been a long-term traitor
    Funded by a red dictator (he’s a Cambridge man).

  13. @Gareth – “evidence showed it was inconceivable it did not have high-level backing”; some horribly mangled prose there but as you say it seems there is no direct evidence.

    Russia is so much of a threat to Europe that most European nations not just fail but refuse to meet their NATO spending obligations.

  14. Having been to Montenegro, I can say it is absolutely full of very wealthy Russians who enjoy its relatively unsupervised financial sector. I suspect that, if there were a plot, it came from people looking to protect their assets rather than any concerns about NATO.

  15. Western intelligence agencies seem to have completely lost their minds. Is this what happens when you spend 20 years recruiting for diversity quotas?

    There’s a hilarious history of British ‘intelligence’ somewhere on the web. I think it may actually be on the BBC’s web site somewhere.

    I particularly liked the part where the Soviets tried to get rid of a British informant by having him meet known Soviet agents in various public places where they were sure MI5 would be watching, and got very frustrated when none of the MI5 agents actually noticed.

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