During the month of August, Montenegro accused Russia of conducting cyber-attacks on governmental servers. The first series of attacks reportedly took place on August 22, but the government claims to have taken quick action to ensure no damage was made. According to outgoing Prime Minister, Dritan Abazovic, the first attack came just hours after the parliament took a vote of no confidence. Montenegro’s once-healthy relationship with Russia has taken a turn within the last decade. In 2014, Montenegro, vying for NATO membership, joined the EU and US in imposing sanctions on Russia for annexing the Crimean peninsula. Later in 2016, Montenegro accused Russia of a failed coup attempting to prevent its joining NATO. On March 1, 2022, Montenegro again imposed sanctions on Moscow leading Russia to add Montenegro to its list of ‘enemy states’ on March 7. While the Montenegrin government accused Russia of the cyber attacks in August, investigations must still be made. The Minister of Defence, Rasko Konjevic, has asked the authorities to investigate and provide evidence for the Russian cyber-attack claims.

Montenegro is a small, beautiful country in the Balkans bordering the Adriatic Sea with an approximate population is 628,000. Orthodoxy is the main religion with only 0.1% of Montenegrins claiming to be evangelical. There is typically much animosity in the Balkans between religious and ethnic groups, and Montenegro is not immune to it. The trouble with Russia serves to show that even the smallest of countries have enormous problems and that will never truly end despite organisations and unions such as NATO and the EU. The lasting change that can be made is on an individual level. A missionary can share the Gospel with a Montenegrin; that person can then have a personal relationship with the God of the universe; that soul can be changed for eternity. Please pray for missionaries who will answer the call to go to Montenegro so that the 0.1% will increase for the glory of God.