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Elections in Montenegro as a Mirror of Russian Policy in the Balkans

29 September 2020

There are few countries in Europe to which the Russian pro-government media has paid as much attention in recent years as to Montenegro. Developments before the parliamentary elections in Montenegro were an ideal opportunity for the Russian media to show how the forces of evil, represented by the local pro-Western government, and the forces of good allied with Russia, side by side with the Montenegrin patriots, are seen to struggle within a small Balkan country.

Following the parliamentary elections held in Montenegro at the end of August 2020, a new government will be formed in the country. Created by the current opposition, this new government is the result of an agreement reached in Podgorica in early September by leaders of three political groupings – “For the Future of Montenegro”, “Peace is Our Nation” and “Black on White”.

These three electoral blocks defeated the Democratic Socialist Party (DPS) led by Milo Djukanovič, the incumbent president and former multiple-term prime minister.

Although the DPS won the most votes among all parties involved, it failed to form a majority in the parliament, leading to their first defeat since the inception of the DPS in 1990.

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Grigorij Mesežnikov

Grigorij Mesežnikov is a political scientist and the President of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in Slovakia. He has published expert studies on party systems’ development and political aspects of transformation in post-communist societies, illiberal and authoritarian tendencies, populism, nationalism and hybrid threats in various monographs, collections and scholarly journals in Slovakia and other countries.

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