Some bikers will hopefully enter Europe - Night Wolves chief
Members of the Night Wolves bikers' club, whose Schengen visas have been cancelled, will not go to Europe, but some of them will probably join the trip, the bikers' leader Alexander Zaldostanov, also known as Khirurg (Surgeon), said at a press conference on Tuesday.
"We are not doing anything illegal. Those who have legal grounds to go, will probably go. We are going to discuss this with the guys. But I would like to make it clear that there are more than 20 of us," he said.
He announced that the Night Wolves have not received official explanations to this day why they were denied entry of the European Union.
"There are no official lists. But there are other lists which, besides the official ones, have been posted on the official website. This was not accidental. People are curious why we have been entered on the list, and what we have done wrong," Zaldostanov said.
Whatever happens, Russian bikers want to hand a message from WWII veterans in the Oryol and Tula regions to veterans in European countries, he said.
He said he was surprised by Poland's decision to stop the bikers at the border. "It's a cheap farce, and cheap performance staged by a provincial theater - to stop 20 absolutely open and absolutely unarmed people going to a cemetery, people who are welcomed by likeminded people, friends and Poles themselves. At this moment we suddenly saw sets emerging, a performance starting, armed people arriving, searches being conducted and personal things checked," he said.
"It is a stage production, a cheap one, there is no other words to describe this. And, most important, it is humiliating for those who had directed this performance," Zaldostanov said.
The bikers had spent a year organizing the trip, he added.
"What happened yesterday did not take me by surprise. We knew this could happen. Three or four days before Russian veterans had not been cleared into Reichstag," he said, adding that hundreds of people want to follow the Night Wolves' path.