Second GRU officer indicted in Montenegro coup unmasked

Second GRU officer indicted in Montenegro coup unmasked

A Bellingcat investigation unmasks the second Russian national indicted by Podgorica in the 2016 Montenegro coup plot. Known by the alias Vladimir Popov, the man’s name is actually Vladimir Moiseev, and as with the other Russian national indicted, Eduard Shishmakov, he is a Russian military intelligence (GRU) agent, according to the Bellingcat investigation.

The investigation, which used open source data to track Moiseev, revealed he was traveling around Central and Eastern Europe for a few years in the lead-up to the Oct. 2016 coup attempt in Montenegro and may have taken part in plotting acts of sabotage against Moldova’s then pending association agreement with the European Union. During that span, Moiseev made multiple stops in Bulgaria, among other countries, and the Bellingcat investigation notes at the time of his trips to Bulgaria in 2015, at least two Serb paramilitaries who had taken part in fighting in Eastern Ukraine after being trained at GRU camps in Rostov, had set up base in Bulgaria. Just before the coup attempt, Moiseev entered Serbia under the cover of a journalist working for a marine insurance publication.

The investigation findings also reveal Moiseev had a simliar living arrangement as Skripal poisoning suspect Alexander Mishkin. Both were given apartments in the same complex that were transferred from the city of Moscow to their wives and children.

 

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