Finger Pointed at Russians in Coup Plot in Montenegro

After multiple but unproven accusations that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is working hard to destabilize Americas friends in Europe, a pro-Russian mercenary detained in Montenegro is slowly spilling his guts and providing the first insiders account of what the authorities in this tiny Balkan nation say were Russian efforts to sow mayhem. The man, Aleksandar Sindjelic, a veteran anti-Western activist from neighboring Serbia, has become a key informant and a suspect in a sprawling investigation into an alleged plot orchestrated by two Russians to seize Montenegros Parliament building last month, kill the prime minister and install a new government hostile to NATO. Mr. Sindjelics account of the events includes a visit to Moscow in September to plan the operation and details of the encrypted phones he was asked to use to avoid eavesdropping. He has not directly implicated any Russian officials but has raised questions about the links between state agencies and a murky network of Russian nationalists active in the Balkans and in eastern Ukraine.