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    The Russian biker club Night Wolves is suing the Polish Border Guard over their decision to bar some of its members from entering Poland during the Moscow-Berlin motor rally.

    The Night Wolves, a prominent Russian motorcycle club, have filed a lawsuit against the Polish Border Guard in response to their refusal to grant entry to some Night Wolves members during a motor rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union and its allies over Nazi Germany in World War II, according to the Polish Press Agency.

    The lawsuit was reportedly filed by Polish lawyers on behalf of the Russian motorcyclists, who signaled their readiness to sue Polish border guards last month. 

    Polish bikers supporters of Russian motorcycling group Night Wolves flash lights and honk horns as a protest after Russian bikers were refused entry to Poland in Terespol on April 27, 2015
    © AFP 2020 / JANEK SKARZYNSKI
    Polish bikers supporters of Russian motorcycling group "Night Wolves" flash lights and honk horns as a protest after Russian bikers were refused entry to Poland in Terespol on April 27, 2015

    The Night Wolves demand that the actions by the Polish Border Guard be recognized as illegal. They also want the restoration of entry visas and compensation for their losses. 

    "If the Warsaw court does not allow the claim, we will appeal. If that does not work, we will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg," Sergey Ukhtinsky, a representative of the Night Wolves, said.

    According to him, not all Night Club members were on their way to Berlin. Some of them were due to visit the Czech Republic, which hosted the 2015 World Ice Hockey Championship between May 1 and May 17.

    "They paid for hotels and tickets for the matches. Several other people, who were going to Italy and Spain, also suffered financial losses," Ukhtinsky said, adding that Night Wolves members were also demanding compensation for moral damage.

    The route of the motor rally, which kicked off on April 25,  included the cities of Moscow, Minsk, Brest, Wroclaw, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Munich, Prague, Torgau, Karlshorst and Berlin.

    Even though many bikers, including Night Wolves leader Alexander Zaldostanov, failed to enter EU territory due to visa problems, some finally managed to reach the German capital in order to wrap up the event.

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    motor rally, border guards, bikers, lawsuit, visas, Night Wolves, Poland, Russia
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