Disinfo: Montenegro developments: part of broader plan to narrow down Serbian political and cultural being in the Balkans

Summary

Montenegro is an instrument of those forces that are leading their political game in the region.
The developments in Montenegro are part of a broader plan to narrow down the Serbian political and cultural being in the Balkans and a tool to “encircle” Serbia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Montenegro as “occupied” country and as “weapon” of NATO and USA. The “developments” mentioned in the article refer to the approval of the law on religious communities by the Montenegro parliament, “despite street protests and a last-minute attempt in the chamber by deputies of the pro-Serb opposition to prevent the vote going ahead” as stated by Reuters. This article is conspiracy theory with no evidence given for the claim that the “developments in Montenegro are part of a broader plan to narrow down the Serbian political and cultural being in the Balkans”.

This claim involves the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the West threatens and undermines traditional Christian values. Related cases where the US is accused of attacking traditional values in Europe via "sects" can be found here, here, and here. Similar cases about Montenegro and the current happenings can bee found here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: Montenegro, Serbia
  • Keywords: Orthodox Church
  • Outlet: Sputnik Serbia
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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