: Clashes in Bulgaria's resort city as Putin's biker gang arrives

16:50 Jul. 1, 2016

Clashes in Bulgaria's resort city as Putin's biker gang arrives

Members and supporters of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves arrive at the heroes' monument of the Red Army, background left, in downtown Vienna, Austria, May 6, 2016. (AP Photo)

Pro-Kremlin Night Wolves are on the so-called "Slavic World" tour

Protests, clashes and arrests followed the arrival of the Russia's Night Wolves biker group in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Bourgas on June 30.

A group of Bulgarians and Ukrainians gathered at the entrance to the city to protest against the presence of notorious pro-Putin biker gang. However the rally quickly turned violent as the protesters were attacked by the supporters of the Russian club.

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Bulgarian National Radio reported that those who attacked the protesters were from the militaristic "Vassil Levski" national union, and said that the Russian bikers were not involved in the conflict.

The head of the Ukrainian diaspora in Bourgas, Marian Gorbach, said that on arrival for the protest, the Ukrainians were attacked by 10 people in military uniforms armed with electric batons. Five Ukrainians were injured.

A report by Bulgarian National Television said that a total of 15 people from both camps had been taken to a police station for questioning. Some were ordered into 24-hour custody, pending charges of hooliganism.

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The Night Wolves, who are blacklisted by the US and Canada for supporting Russian aggression against Ukraine, are also infamous for their repeated praise of Stalin and numerous homophobic statements.

Based on reporting by Sofia Globe 

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