Montenegro’s president named corrupt ‘Person of the Year’

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a network of investigative journalism groups, has named Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic the “2015 Organized Crime and Corruption Person of the Year.” To win the 2015 award, Djukanovic beat out the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, which owns large chunks of Azerbaijan’s economy. Macedonia Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski finished a close third. It was revealed in 2015 that Gruevski oversaw mass wiretapping and numerous other abuses of power. Past winners of the award include Putin, Aliyev and the Romanian parliament. Under Djukanovic’s leadership, Montenegro received an offer to join NATO this year. While Djukanovic casts himself as a progressive, pro-Western leader, “he has built one of the the most dedicated kleptocracies and organized crime havens in the world,” the OCCRP report states. The report documents Djukanovic’s extensive involvement in cigarette smuggling and other organized crime. Djukanovic has been president or prime minister of Montenegro almost continuously since 1991.


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