MOSCOW, November 1 (RAPSI) – Russia will not extradite Montenegrin citizen Ananie Nikic charged with coup attempt and terrorism in his home country, the statement released on the website of Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office on Wednesday reads.

Nikic has been given refugee status in Russia. Thus, the request lodged by Montenegrin authorities was dismissed in accordance with the European Convention on Extradition of December 13, 1957, prosecutors said.

Montenegro claims that a group of Serb and Russian nationalists plotted an attack against state institutions and planned the murder of then Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic in October 2016.

Moscow has officially denied accusations of involvement in the coup organization.