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“The majority of Montenegrin citizens still believes that all this is fabricated”

– Journalist and filmmaker emsudin Radoni talked to us about his Sarajevo-premiered documentary Conspiracy, which investigates the attempted coup dtat in Montenegro in 2016

emsudin Radoni  Director of Conspiracy

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, which world-premiered in the documentary competition of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Montenegrin investigative journalist and filmmaker emsudin Radoni follows two political insiders as they try to shed light on an attempted coup dtat that happened in Montenegro in 2016.

Cineuropa: Conspiracy is just one link in the chain of films you did to bring to light specific political and economic anomalies in Montenegro and the Balkans. What was the timeline of making the film?
emsudin Radoni: I couldnt ignore the historic events that started in 2015 and are having an effect on the present day: Montenegro being torn between the interests of great powers, but aspiring to take a pro-Western and pro-European direction, where Russia immediately tried to knock Montenegro off this course and subdue it as if it was its colony.

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I started to follow those events, which peaked in 2016 with the coup attempt. As an investigative journalist I was observing it carefully, trying to grasp what happens behind the scenes. This was the beginning. After the coup failed, I started to make a documentary.

I was focused on interviews with direct or indirect protagonists such as public prosecutors, politicians, journalists, even the president of Montenegro, but my main goal was to reach the conspirators.

I managed to get the two main Serbian conspirators to talk: Saa Sineli and Pajo Velimirovi. They were witnesses in the legal process dealing with the coup, and were crucified throughout the lawsuit by the pro-Russian media in Montenegro and the nationalist, right-wing media in Serbia. I wrote several articles on how witnesses were persecuted by the media, and that’s how I won their trust.

The majority of Montenegrin citizens still believes that all this is fabricated. But my movie will be released on public broadcast when its festival life is done and I really hope its going to change something in this public perception.

Addressing such a topic in the film must have brought various challenges and perhaps even some risks?
I had to finance the film by myself. None of the state institutions or production companies dared to participate, fearing Serbian or Russian retaliation. I sold my private property to finance it. One of the biggest problems was also finding a filming crew, since everybody was too afraid to work on the film.

The other problem concerned the protagonists and filming in Serbia. I managed to shoot the interview with Velimirovi only on a second attempt. The first time, a car followed us and almost ran us off the road. During the shoot, the Serbians authorities didnt allow me to enter Serbia.

You have a very wide range of interviewees in the film, even the Russian side is represented by a Russian journalist.
Its well known that Russian institutions don’t like sharing information. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was aggressively denying any participation of Russian agents in the coup.

I managed to reach a Russian journalist, the Balkan expert Gennady Sisoev who gave me a fantastic statement about Russian GRU agents and their involvement in the coup, saying that they made amateur mistakes, but also that Putin didnt necessarily have to know about it. Its a very diplomatic comment, but it still exposes the involvement and incompetence of the GRU intelligence.

You must have had a ton of footage to work with. How did the editing process go? What is your artistic modus operandi?
Yes, the lawsuit process alone resulted in over 800 hours of footage and around 40 hours of interviews. Documentation is always difficult to control and it was very challenging. It wasnt easy to systemise it, but I used my method that I call cutting the fig tree: You have to carefully cut the small branches in autumn to have a good harvest the next season. The editing took four years of my life and I have to admit that, in this case, the pandemic was very helpful. I couldnt go out so I focused on editing.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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