08 May 2015, 10:00
Night Wolves to pray in the Russian Cathedral in Berlin on Victory Day
Moscow, May 8, Interfax - The Night Wolves are planning to visit war memorials in Berlin on May 9, after the European authorities softened their attitude towards the Russian bikers, says Andrey Bobrovksy, the leader of the column of Russian bikers who rode into Europe.
"Now we are deciding the issue about Berlin, to be given a corridor for the column to pass through on May 9 and visit all the memorials: the Treptower Park, Tiergarten and a service at the Resurrection Cathedral," he said in an interview which was published on the Night Wolves' blog in LiveJournal.
"I hope everything will be alright because there is a sense that the authorities have somewhat softened their stance, apparently, there can be no potential threat from us," he stressed.
Currently, the column of 30 motorcyclists is on their way to Germany, Bobrovsky said.
"They are being met by police who check papers, adequacy and alcohol levels - all the formalities relating to border-crossing. Next, according to our information from the Consulate, we will be escorted to Torgau where we are planning to hold events at the memorable places where the allied troops met on Elba," he said.
After all these events, on Thursday evening, the column will head back to its base just outside Berlin where it will stay until May 10.
It was reported that members of the Russian bikers club, Night Wolves, decided to mark the 70th Victory anniversary with a Moscow-Berlin motor rally. The rally was scheduled to take place from April 25 to May 9 across several European countries, including Germany. However, the German authorities canceled the bikers' visas citing "incorrect data" submitted in visa applications and "the potential danger" of public order and safety violation in Germany in relation to the planned rally.