Although Poland previously refused to let in Russian Night Wolves bikers, traveling to Berlin for Victory Day, they are back and this time, have all possible paperwork in order, the ride's organizer told Sputnik Czech Republic.
Last year's hysteria in Europe around the motocross "Night Wolves" in honor of Victory Day on the route Moscow-Berlin, excesses in Poland, defiantly prohibit them from entering their territory, no one is scared.
"This year, the column will be more numerous, we all have Schengen visas on our hands,"event organizer Andrew Bobrovski told Sputnik Czech Republic.
The official number is 40 bikers, although the number is expected to rise to 100 after other bikers join the group once it crosses the Polish border. According to Bobrovsky, no one is planning on "traumatizing" the local authorities with Soviet and Russian symbols, except the flag of victory. On May 3, they will arrive in Brno, where they will meet with Czech partner club Red Eyed Crüe.
Last year, the group's president Vladimir Bohach feared politicization of the ride, but now treats it differently, he told Sputnik Czech Republic.
"I met the Night Wolves by accident 15 years ago, when I worked in an engineering firm, which worked on exports to Russia. I often went there and found this bike club, made contact over the phone. One day they called me and said: 'We are riding from Karlovy Vary to Prague. Do you want to join?' I said: 'I agree', he told Sputnik Czech Republic.
Bobrovsky added that he does not believe that European authorities are afraid of the bikers themselves.
"They are not afraid of bikers, they are afraid of the truth we bring. After all, everyone will see that we come in peace, not war, with a hand of friendship outstretched toward European neighbors. It breaks the stereotype of Russia, which the local media imposes," Bobrovsky told Sputnik Czech Republic.