Bernd Schade, a German church minister and motorcyclist calling himself the 'Biker Pastor', says that German authorities and media are exploiting a Russian motorcycle club's planned trip to Berlin for Victory day for their own political aims.
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.