If one follows the news of the Russian biker gang, the Night Wolves, on their annual ride, Russia is using yet another tool to harass surrounding countries. Plain and simple, it is Putin politics.
This is already the Night Wolves’ third 6,000km (3,720 mile) road trip from Moscow to Berlin across the territories of Belarus, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
This ride is less about remembering old Soviet battles than is concerns modern Russian geopolitics.
Scandalous Russian bikers from “Night Wolves” club, which is known for supporting annexation of Crimea and aggression in Donbas, started “Roads of Victory-2017” motorcycle rally in Slovakia. This was reported by Nikolai Levshunov, the representative of Russian Embassy in the republic, according to TASS.
The group’s visit to Georgia was marked by polarizing statements aligned with pro and anti-Russian stances.
The Night Wolves’ visit to Georgia was initiated by a pro-Kremlin Georgian non-governmental organization called Union of Russian and Georgian Youth, according to the Rezonansi newspaper. The initiative was followed by an outcry among Georgians. Moreover, Georgian citizens are gathering signatures on manifest.ge in order to prevent the Night Wolves’ visit to Georgia. “We demand that the State of Georgia clearly demonstrated that it protects our country’s interests and dignity and will not allow this group to enter Georgia,” the statement on manifest.ge reads.
Georgia refused access by the Night Wolves.
- Russian biker gang Night Wolves refused entry into Georgia
- Georgia Refuses Entry To Pro-Putin ‘Night Wolves’ Biker Gang
More news about the Night Wolves:
- Night Wolves biker arrested in Poland
- Deputy Interior Minister: Russian Bikers Not Welcome in Georgia
- Putin’s “Night Wolves” start motorcycle ride in Slovakia
- Russian biker gang Night Wolves plans Georgia trip
- Pride, Not Politics: Russia’s Night Wolves Ride to Commemorate Victory Day
There is no doubt, however, that this is yet another way of Russia playing games with the states surrounding Russia, asserting Russian influence. Russia plays the bad boy and pesters the surrounding countries. There is no positive outcome, only harassment.
Plain old Putin politics. Lingchi, death by 1,000 cuts.