Pro-Putin bikers defy bans, ride to Berlin for WWII anniversary

A Russian biker shows a banner depicting Joseph Stalin and reading a WWII slogan “For the Motherland! For Stalin!” in Moscow on April 25, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/Dmitry Serebrayakov)

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Dozens of bikers from pro-Kremlin gang the Night Wolves on Saturday set off on a ride to Berlin ahead of the anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II, despite Poland and Germany barring the riders.

The bikers gathered Saturday morning in a Moscow suburb to launch the ride to Berlin, planned to retrace the 6,000-kilometer (3,730-mile) march of Soviet troops through Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.

The Night Wolves’ long-haired, heavily tattooed leader Alexander Zaldostanov led a column of bikers waving red flags with portraits of Stalin and the wartime slogan “For the Motherland! For Stalin!” out of the gang’s clubhouse in northwestern Moscow…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I can’t wait for the Katyn massacre reenactment.
    I hope a drunken lorry driver takes ’em all out.
    THAT would be comedy!

    • I’m working on it.

    • El Martyachi

      Germany has legal brothels right? Maybe they could do some mass rape re-enactments too.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That’s right, they were all into that too.
        That would be my next thing (assuming that I was uncontested ruler of the west) after making the Turks admit to the Armenian genocide, would be to take a big fat huge mirror to Russia and make them look into it deeply.

      • Why rape a woman when you can rape a country?

  • El Martyachi

    … seems reasonable.

  • I’ve got a cult following.

  • El Martyachi

    The unbridled assholishness of these guys is something else. Hey, whaddya say a bunch of P51 owners get together and buzz around Hiroshima and Nagasaki this August? No? Wouldn’t ever have crossed your mind? Me neither…

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      There are still a few flying B-29s that we could throw in!
      Reenacting some of the Tokyo fire raids would be a big hit too.