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Poland denies entry to Russian bikers

April 27, 2015, 15:05 UTC+3 WARSAW
Polish media reported earlier that border guards would scrupulously check every Russian on a motorcycle
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WARSAW, April 27. /TASS/. Polish border guards said on Monday they had blocked entry for ten Russian bikers from the Night Wolves Group travelling from Moscow to Berlin to mark 70th anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

"They will not cross the border as they do not fulfill the conditions of entry into Poland," Dariusz Sienicki, a spokesman for the border guards, said.

Andrei Bobrovsky, who leads the bikers, said "everyone was denied entry with no explanations". He said the group would move to Brest, Belarus, and hold a news conference on Tuesday.

More than 100 Polish bikers of the Katyn Raid club were waiting for the Russian enthusiasts to greet them crossing the border.

"If Russian motorcyclists are attacked, it will be a disgrace for us. In Poland, all bikers are our guests. We must help them and protect them," the Polish club's head, Wiktor Wegrzyn, said.

The Russian ambassador in Warsaw, Sergey Andreyev, told TASS the embassy had received no official explanations for the entry denial.

Polish media reported earlier that border guards would scrupulously check every Russian on a motorcycle, look for Night Wolves badges in order to prevent bikers from the club from entering the country as individual motorcyclists.

On April 25, Russian motorcyclists started Moscow-Berlin motocross which will pass through Minsk, Brest, Wroclaw, Brno, Bratislava, Vienna, Munich and Prague.

The Polish authorities have not allowed Russian bikers from the Night Wolves club to ride through the Polish territory, saying the motocross represents "a political provocation."

The Polish Interior Ministry sent a note to the Russian Embassy in Poland "containing information on refusing entry to the territory of Poland to an organized group of motorcyclists, including representatives of the Night Wolves club."

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