"We, the Polish motorcyclists gathered at the 12th Rally to Jasna Gora named after Rev. Zdzislaw Peszkowski, reaffirm our solidarity with the bikers of the world, and ensure security and hospitality on Polish territory," Wegrzyn noted.
"Today, when functionaries from Polish newspapers and television, using misinformation, have unleashed the baiting our Russian motorcyclist guests hitherto unprecedented in Polish tradition, factually calling on the use of physical violence against them, we declare: The Russian motorcyclists will travel safely through Poland," Wegrzyn declared.
The Katyn Raid Motocross commander emphasized that a "boycott," or worse, "an attack on the Russian bikers, is something against our culture, against Polish morals."
Wegrzyn noted that "we will not allow for any adventurism, and will ensure [the Russians] safe passage and hospitality, of the same kind that they have provided for 14 years to the motorcyclists of the Katyn Raid on all our trips to the East."
The Polish veteran biker explained that "the Russian biker rally from Moscow to Berlin on the 70th Anniversary of Victory over Germany, visiting the battlefields and cemeteries of their forefathers, has the same meaning for the Russians as the Katyn Rally does for Poles."
Belarusian Bikers Divided on Participating in Victory Ride
Last week, Alexei Bakulchik, the head of the Minsk branch of the Night Wolves, told Belarus news hub Naviny.by that between 20-30 Belarusian bikers, mostly fellow Night Wolves, would accompany the Russian bikers on their trip through Belarus, stopping by at wartime historical sites in Khatyn, the Kurgan Slavy memorial complex, and the Brest Fortress.
Other Belarusian biker clubs have said that they will not be joining the Russians, the Road Dogs club preparing their own trips through Belarus to mark the Great Victory, with the Racing Clan club's leaders stating that they wish to stay away from politically charged events.