A Russian biker group, Night Wolves, have set off from Moscow to Berlin, in an attempt to recreate the route taken by the Red Army 70 years ago. It is described as a 'victory ride' to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
This would only strain the heightened tension between Russia and European countries over the Ukraine crisis. So far Poland and Germany have decided to block them from entering
The Night Wolves reportedly have more than 5,000 members, and are led by Aleksandr Zaldostanov, a trained doctor with handle “the Surgeon.” They don't seem to have formal link to the U.S biker group, the Hell’s Angels, but may count Putin as a friend. They are viewed in Poland as the "Kremlin's Hells Angels". After this planned road trip story broke about a month ago, many Polish newspapers illustrated the story with a photograph showing the Russian president riding a big three-wheeled Harley-Davidson Lehman Trike with the club in Crimea in 2010.
The Night Wolves were blacklisted by the United States due to their active involvement in Russia's annexation of Crimea in Ukraine last year. Its members also strongly back pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.