Belgrade, December 12, 2019
The famous Montenegrin businessman and civil activist Miodrag Daka Davidovic was shot on Tuesday, December 10 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belgrade while meeting with His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlja and Nikšić, a canonical Serbian bishop who serves in Montenegro.
Davidovic was shot in the arm, suffering non-life threatening injuries, reports the press service of the Metropolis of Montenegro.
The public figure’s connections to Belgrade and Moscow and his public stance against the schismatic “Montenegrin Orthodox Church” have earned him his share of enemies in Montenegro. He was awarded by the Serbian Church for his humanitarian activities, reports ryb.ru.
The next night, firefighters found a rifle in a burning car in a Belgrade parking lot, which is believed to have been used in the shooting of Davidovic, who is currently receiving treatment in a local hospital.
An investigation is underway and should determine if Davidovic or Bp. Joanikije was the real target. Representatives from the Serbian Church told Romfea that they believe the attack was an assassination attempt on His Grace.
He is one of the most authoritative hierarchs in the Serbian Church and also vigorously opposes the Montenegrin state’s persecution of the Serbian Church, including the draft bill that aims to confiscate property from the Serbian Church, and its aspirations of building a schismatic autocephalous church according to the Ukrainian scenario.
Bp. Joanikije was one of the key organizers in the mass service in Podgorica on June 15 where believers opposed the oppression of the Church. A new council of believers has also been called for December 21 in Nikšić, where Davidovic is from.