15:32 May. 3, 2016
The winner takes nothing
By: Taras Kolesnik, journalist
A traditional business model says if a brothel is unprofitable, then you need to replace 'girls' not the furniture...
The Russian Foreign Ministry was most likely to consider it appropriate to change just the furniture. However, the staff should remain unchanged. Not only they disbelieve that the *Warsaw Pact doesn't exist for a quarter century, but even behave as if it is still there. It can't be the other way round. Like in the Soviet times, the country still celebrates the anniversary of its Victory Day over Nazi Germany with auto- and motorcycle rides. So, what will change this mindset?
Yet, Poland for the second time did not feel honoured to celebrate the World War II Victims Remembrance Day with a motorcycle roar produced by a dozen Russian bikers.
The Polish Migration Service regarded this 'form of commemoration' as inadequate and consequently announced an entry ban to the Russian group bearing such an alarming name - 'Night Wolves'.
What a kind of country is it, this Poland, after all?! Well, Poland is a member state of the European Union, NATO, and Schengen zone. So what?! The bikers had their visas. So what's up?
It is a sacrilege - bikers were not allowed to mark such a holy date! It mocks the memory of those who liberated Poland (Soviet soldiers). It mocks Russia's citizens - the bikers! They were barred at the Polish border, they were interrogated. What audacity! Recently Moscow instructed all the Warsaw Pact countries who should be let in, who should be denied entry. Did everything change? The Russian Foreign Minister 'wavered', postponed all important affairs, expressed outrage and demanded an explanation. A scandal - like a roar of motorcycles - spread all over the world.
Last year, three or four days after the 'border' scandal broke out, a Polish Minister diplomatically, yet no less conceitedly and tersely, stated: 'the issue of bikers was closed'. At the same time he hinted that 'Poles had a lot of problems with Russians', apart from bikers. However, he did not elaborate why Moscow's bikers were barred from entering Poland. The Minister did not want to explain to Russians that no agency was allowed to interfere with migration services, according to the European traditions.
In their turn, Polish diplomats may have asked Russian diplomats: 'why on earth bikers chose the route to Berlin via Poland?' Was Poland more tolerant than other countries - Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia? It would be nice if bikers went there waving Russian flags to remind the Czech, Slovak and Hungarian people of 'Russian liberators'. We could even recall the Soviet-era films and documentaries about the war which featured Nazis riding motorcycles during their 'treacherous attack'. Or are only Germans and Poles still happy to hear a motorcycle roar coming from the east during the first days of May?
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But it is not about a motorcycle roar or tour. Poland just denied visas to Russian bikers. And Moscow is incapable of forcing anyone to do anything - either to turn up on the Red Square to celebrate a holiday or to make another country receive Russian citizens. The winner takes nothing, E.Hemingway said.
* The Warsaw Pact is collective defence treaty among the Soviet Union and seven other Soviet satellite states in Central and Eastern Europe in existence during the Cold War. The Warsaw Pact was the military complement to the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CoMEcon), the regional economic organization for the communist states of Central and Eastern Europe. The Warsaw Pact was created in reaction to the integration of West Germany into NATO in 1955 per the Paris Pacts of 1954, but it is also considered to have been motivated by Soviet desires to maintain control over military forces in Central and Eastern Europe (Source - Wikipedia)