Top DPS at Mićunović's funeral

Part of the public perceived Mićunović as the head of the Montenegrin underground for decades, but also as one of the most powerful people in the region. He has repeatedly denied this, claiming that he is engaged in business

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Milo Đukanović with his wife at the funeral, Photo: RTNK
Milo Đukanović with his wife at the funeral, Photo: RTNK
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For decades, one of the most powerful people in Montenegro, Branislav Brano Mićunović, was buried yesterday at the local cemetery in Moštanica, near Nikšić.

The funeral of Mićunović was attended by a large number of people from Nikšić, other cities of Montenegro and the region, including the top until 2020 of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS).

Radio Television Nikšić (RTNK) announced that the former president of the state, government and DPS said goodbye to Mićunović Milo Djukanovic, with his wife Lydia and son Milder, the current head of that party Danijel Zivkovic, head of the Parliamentary Club Andrija Nikolić, party spokesman Milos Nikolic. The funeral was also attended by the former president of Nikšić Municipality Veselin Grbović.

On behalf of the Mićunović brotherhood, the former Minister of Culture said goodbye to Branislav Mićunović Branislav Mićunović.

The funeral of Mićunović was also attended by an official of the Police Administration Dragan Blagojević...

Mićunović was born in Nikšić in 1953, and since the eighties of the last century he was known as a man close to the State Security of the former SFRY. He belonged to a group of tough guys from an allegedly criminal milieu, but unlike most of them, he managed to survive the "bloody years" after the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and meet a natural death...

Mićunović is the main actor of numerous stories from the other side of the law, which border on legends, so part of the public perceived him as the head of the Montenegrin underground for decades, but also as one of the most powerful people in the region. He has repeatedly denied this, claiming that he is engaged in business, mainly construction and gambling in Budva, where he lived for years.

The claims of the powerful man from Nikšić are also supported by the fact that he was practically never convicted, even though, among other things, he was accused of murdering a fellow citizen. Radovan Kovačević in October 2000. Seven years later, he was legally acquitted, because none of the eyewitnesses from the scene of the crime - in front of the Clinical Center - identified him as the person who shot the already wounded Kovačević...

Mićunović was also one of the defendants in Bari for cigarette smuggling during the nineties, but the proceedings before the local court were suspended due to the statute of limitations. The investigation included about fifteen people from Montenegro and Italy, among them the then Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, who did not hide from the public that he was on friendly terms with Mićunović. All of them were later, for formal reasons, acquitted...

Nevertheless, the United States imposed sanctions on Mićunović and Miodrag Daka Davidović in mid-November last year due to, as stated, the connection with crime and Russia's malicious influence in the region.

In the explanation of the decision, it is stated that Mićunović has been a leading figure in organized crime in Montenegro for decades, which dates back to the time of the former Yugoslavia.

"He is best known for illegal cigarette smuggling, which corrupted and undermined the independence of the democratic institutions of Montenegro," the explanation reads.

Mićunović was accused of having participated in corrupt activities with one of the governments in the Western Balkans and a current or former government official:

"Mićunović has been indicted... for responsibility for or complicity in, or direct or indirect involvement in, corruption related to the Western Balkans, including corruption... on behalf of or otherwise associated with a government in the Western Balkans, or a current or former government official in any level of government in the Western Balkans, such as abuse of public property, expropriation of private property for personal gain or political purposes, or bribery".

Sanctions include the blocking of their entire assets in America, or those controlled by persons close to them in that country...

Numerous people from the sports, political, business, and criminal milieu said goodbye to Mićunović with obituaries.

Milo Đukanović also said goodbye to his "dear friend" with an obituary.

The president of the Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG) also gave obituaries. Dejan Savicevic, Mićunović's longtime close associate Sava Vujović, owner of the Lottery Sava Grbović, general manager of the Football Club "Crvena zvezda" Zvezdan Terzic, businessmen Žarko Burić i Veselin Mijač, but also a Kosovo businessman who was labeled as a drug lord - Naser Kelmendi.

The obituary was given by i Milos Medenica, suspected of creating a criminal organization and cigarette smuggling. Son Vesne Medenica, the long-time president of the Supreme Court who is suspected of being part of the same criminal organization, titled the obituary with: "Dear Godfather"...

The president of the Montenegrin European Party also said goodbye to Mićunović Novak Adzic, lawyers Srđan Lješković i Dragan Milacic, Chetnik duke Ceko Dacevic, doctor Zoran Tocilj, a model Manda Popović, collectives Lottery, Jack Pot and Zeta Filma, local board of DPS Ćemenac, Hot i Dusan Radulović, Rajan Lucic, Milan Krivokapić Chinese...

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