: Pro-Putin bikers are not allowed on Polish soil

17:04 Apr. 29, 2016

Pro-Putin bikers are not allowed on Polish soil

Night Wolves bikers in Moscow's International Biker Centre before the start of an annual rally from Moscow to Berlin (Getty Images)

Russia's Foreign Ministry summons Polish ambassador over the move

Polish authorities refused an entry to a group of bikers known as "Russian motorcyclists" who had plans to follow a path commemorating the Red Army's victory over the Nazi Germany 71 years ago. "Russian motorcyclists" are a part of the "Night Wolves", a nationalistic Russian biker gang loyal to President Vladimir Putin.

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On Friday Polish, Ambassador Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz in Moscow was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry. Although there was no official information about the reason of the summons, Polish media reported that Russia was angered by Warsaw's intention to remove one more Soviet monument and ban entry for its bikers.

Last year the "Night Wolves", also known as Putin's Rockers, organized the same Moscow-Berlin tour, but most of the participants were blocked by Poland. Some of the bikers were also refused entry by German and Lithuanian authorities. As a result, in Europe, the run was continued mainly by their European supporters.

The "Night Wolves" are blacklisted by the United States and Canada for taking part in Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014. The bikers have also been vocal in their support for Russian-backed separatist forces fighting against Ukrainian government troops in eastern Ukraine.

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