: Prague stages a 'corridor of shame' for pro-Putin bikers (video)

16:19 May. 8, 2016

Prague stages a 'corridor of shame' for pro-Putin bikers (video)

Alexander 'Khirurg' Zaldostanov, leader of the Nochnyye Volki [Night Wolves] biker group, in Moscow's International Biker Centre before the start of an annual rally from Moscow to Berlin (Getty Images)

'Night Wolves' encounter protesters with Ukrainian, American and Czech flags

On Saturday, May 7, Pro-Putin bikers known as the 'Night Wolves' rode through the centre of Prague, accompanied with shouts: "Suitcase, railway station, Russia" and "invaders, go home." This is reported by Ceske Noviny.

A Russian gang of about 60 bikers arrived in Prague from Vienna; another 50 local bikers joined the motorcycle column in Czechia.

In Prague's Wenceslas Square, the bikers encountered a group of protesters waving Ukrainian, American and Czech flags. Protesters held banners with slogans "Czechs are well aware of what Russian rulers' mean by friendship", "Czechia belongs to the West, not to the Russian bloc." 

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Autor: Šimánek Vít, source - www.ceskenoviny.cz

Demonstrators also unfurled a poster featuring the stylized image of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a red star, hammer and sickle as well as swastika attached to his chest.

The bikers also came across inflatable "little green men" with faces Czech President Milos Zeman, Russian President Putin, Governor of the South Moravian region Michal Hasek and leader of ‘Night Wolves' Alexander Zaldostanov also known as the "Surgeon". 

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Autor: Šimánek Vít, source - www.ceskenoviny.cz

Dozens of policemen were guarding the order during the campaign; therefore no serious incidents were reported. The biker gang gathered some supporters who engaged the protesters in debates. 

Read also Why 'arrogant' Poland denies entry to pro-Putin bikers

Later the bikers arrived at the Olsany Cemeteries (the largest graveyard in Prague), where they honoured those who died when the Red Army liberated Prague. Nearly 100 local supporters joined them, wearing orange-and-black St. George ribbons (a symbol of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine) and holding flags of Russia and separatist groups in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, Michal Hasek was reported to lay flowers at the monument to the Red Army in Brno with Russian bikers and then posed with them against the flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

 

On May 5, Ukraine did not let Russian bikers enter its territory. According to Ukraine's State Border Guard Service, three men from pro-Putin motorbike gang 'Night Wolves' attempted to cross the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. In late April Poland banned a group of Russian bikers from crossing its borders.

On May 1, 'Night Wolves' gang once again tried to cut their way to the E.U. via Lithuania. The country's border patrol blocked the bikers from entry since they had no required documents, neither could they explain the reason for coming to the European Union. Eventually, the motorbike gang managed to get to the E.U. through the Slovak border after they were banned from entering Poland.

Russian bikers known as the 'Night Wolves' are famous for their loyalty to Russia's president Vladimir Putin. They strive to organize a mass Moscow-Berlin motorbike tour, commemorating the Red Army's victory over the Nazi Germany in 1945.

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