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    Russian bikers from the Night Wolves club were allowed to proceed with their Victory Day journey after they were stopped and searched by the German police on the highway near the city of Munich late on Sunday.

    "They [NW bikers] were let go. Participants of the journey said they received back their passports following a two-hour discussion with Merkel. Although police allowed them to go, they did not stop watching them. At the moment, the police are keeping an eye on the hotel where the Night Wolves are staying," the club said on LiveJournal.

    On Sunday, Russian bikers travelling to Munich reported that they were stopped by more than 20 policemen with dogs. Law enforcement officers checked their documents and then searched the column, citing a terrorist threat as a reason for the frisk.

    The German police took away the documents of all participants of the journey, including Russian diplomats, the Night Wolves said on social media. The law enforcement officers provided no explanation for what happened, but said they were waiting for instructions from Berlin.

    Oliver Platzer, a spokesman for Germany's Interior Ministry, told the Bild newspaper that the police are closely watching the Night Wolves on their journey to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Soviet victory over Nazism during World War II.

    The journey, spanning two weeks, was intended to take the bikers from Moscow to Berlin via Minsk, Brest, Wroclaw, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Munich, Prague and Torgau. However, Polish border guards banned participants of the rally from entering the country.

    On Saturday, two members of the Night Wolves club laid a wreath at the Hero Monument of the Red Army in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Russian Ambassador to Austria Sergei Nechaev was present at the ceremony.

    Russian bikers stopped in Munich were expected to spend a night in the capital of Bavaria and visit the Dachau concentration camp on Monday, according to Platzer.

    According to the club, the column consists of an Austrian national travelling on a motorcycle, three adults and two children in an escort vehicle and two cars with Russian diplomats, including Consul of the Russian Federation Dmitry Zakharov.

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