The members of the Russian biker club Night Wolves are planning to ride through Minsk, Brest, Wrocław, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Munich and Prague to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. The rally started April 25 and is to end on May 9 in Berlin, where the Russian bikers want to lay flowers at the monument to the Soviet soldiers at Treptower Park.
The bikers' plans have stirred controversy in several European countries even before the start of the rally. The Polish Foreign Ministry officially banned the Night Wolves from entering Poland, while Germany refused to issue entry visas for top members of the Russian motorcycle club.
However, the head of the Night Wolves said the club would not change the route of its journey to Berlin.
Commenting on a Russian motorcycle club's plans to stage a victory ride to Berlin in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka stated that he viewed the ride is a propaganda event aimed at countering the US's recent show of military might in Eastern Europe, Radio Praha has reported.
Polish bikers have adopted a resolution vowing that the Russian 'Night Wolves' motorcycle club will get safe passage through Poland on their way to Berlin for Victory Day, Poland's TVN24 reports.
The Czech journalist openly criticized the attempts to ban members of the Russian riders club 'Night Wolves' or "complicate their lives" during the event.
The members of the Russian bikers club ‘Night Wolves’ plan to ride through Poland on a journey to Berlin to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.
The Russian biker-club "Night Wolves" decided to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over fascism by organizing a bike journey from Moscow to Berlin. However, German authorities will not permit the club to drive to the German capital, according to the German newspaper “Die Welt”.
In contrast to Poland, where a national debate on whether to let a Russian motorcycle club ride through the country on their way to Berlin to celebrate Victory Day now verges on national hysteria, Czechs have reacted to the whole affair much more calmly.
The Polish prime minister has stepped out against a Russian motorcycle club's planned trip through Poland on their way to Berlin for Victory Day, while a well-known group of local bikers has come out in the Russians' defense.
Surveys have found the people of Poland divided over whether or not to allow a Russian motorcycle club through Poland on their way to Berlin for Victory Day celebrations.