Two groups of Night Wolves bikers denied entry into the Schengen zone by the Polish authorities have finally crossed into Europe, the motorcycle club wrote on LiveJournal.
"Two groups of the Night Wolves have broken through all border "posts" by now. The first group has visited the Auschwitz concentration camp site and is riding to the memorial on Mount Slavin in Bratislava. They will later go to Brno and visit the burial site of over 3,000 Red Army servicemen," the report said.
Reportedly, the second group of bikers is visiting Budapest. "Two Night Wolves activists are riding to the Kerepesi Cemetery, a major burial site of Soviet solders," the report said.
The Night Wolves will deliver a message from Oryol and Tula WWII veterans to local war veterans on Thursday. "These are copies of the messages. The originals are carried by the first group. The two groups will have a rendezvous in Bratislava," the Night Wolves said.
They said they would soon make contact with their Balkan associates.
The Moscow-Berlin motor rally timed to coincide with Victory Day is scheduled for April 25 - May 9. The planned itinerary was to cross Belarus, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. According to Alexander Zaldastanov, the Night Wolves bikers club president, 15 bikers were to take part in the rally.
In Poland, these plans were met with protests. Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz called the planned rally a "provocation." "There is a political game involved in this affair," the premier said.
German security agencies said that the bikers will not be allowed to stage a motor rally to Berlin's Treptower Park, where a Soviet soldiers' memorial is located, on May 9. Berlin police had received no application for the event to be organized in the German capital. But even if one is filed in the coming days, the organizers will receive a negative reply.
The biker rally leader, Andrei Bobrovsky, told Interfax on April 27 that Polish border guards had denied entry to Moscow-Berlin rally participants.
Zaldostanov said at a press briefing in Brest on April 28 that Night Wolves motorcycle club members, whose Schengen visas had been revoked, would not go to Europe but some bikers might still be able to make that voyage.
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