Montenegro has been attracting the views and attention of Russians for about fifteen years, many of which consider this country not only as a vacation destination, but also as a “distant summer residence” or country of permanent residence. Let’s try to understand all aspects of this interest.
I’ll start with the recent historical past. After the collapse of socialist Yugoslavia, which included Montenegro, it became a member of the union state of Serbia-Montenegro. In 2006, according to the results of the referendum, with a slight margin, a decision was made on the complete independence of this state. Immediately after gaining independence, the country’s authorities proclaimed the main goal of joining the European Union, the euro was adopted as the national currency.
It’s funny that, having made such a decision, the Montenegrin authorities did not bother to ask the European Bank about it. Due to various factors, the government decided to increase the budget revenues mainly due to revenues from tourism and recreation. This is where one of the reasons for the interest lies for Russians, for whom entry into Montenegro has become visa-free. Continue reading