|Pro-Putin bikers had set out on a controversial ride to Berlin to commemorate the end of World War II. But for the second year in a row, Poland has barred the group from crossing its borders due to security concerns. The Night Wolves set out from Moscow on Friday on a ride to Germany's capital to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the Russian Red Army and Allied victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.|
Numerous members were denied visas again this year. As a result, the group's leader, Alexander "The Surgeon" Zaldostanov, was only able to lead around two dozen bikers to neighboring Belarus.
|The Surgeon flirted with modeling the Night Wolves on the HA, they reportedly operated according to a word-for-word Russian translation of the Hells Angels' rule book.|
Now he is a detractor of outlaw clubs. In the Russian press, he has called them "arms dealers," "demons" and "drug cartels on wheels." In June, he asked Russia's parliament to include both the Bandidos and Hells Angels on the government's new list targeting "undesirable" foreign organizations.