"Putin's Hells Angels" reach Berlin in WWII victory ride from Moscow

A Russian nationalist biker gang dubbed by the press as "Putin's Hells Angels" has arrived in Berlin to commemorate the end of World War II, police said Monday.

The Night Wolves biker gang arrived on schedule late Sunday, having set off from Moscow on April 29 along a route taken by the Soviet Red Army in 1945.

Police said the group of 200 bikers planned to lay flowers at the Russian war memorial near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and visit other Soviet landmarks as part of a parade through the city to celebrate Nazi Germany's capitulation to Allied forces.

The gang had already attempted the same Moscow to Berlin ride last year but travel sanctions meant only a few members reached their destination.

The Night Wolves have caused controversy over their fervent support for Russia's occupation and annexation of neighbouring Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014, as well as for the pro-Russian separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a known supporter of the gang, having ridden with the bikers several times on a three-wheeled motorcycle, known as a trike.

Last update: Mon, 09/05/2016 - 11:11
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