Sunday 20 August 2017

Russian bikers lay wreath in Vienna

Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves in Vienna (AP)
Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves in Vienna (AP)

Members of a nationalistic Russian bikers club have laid a wreath at a monument to the Russian soldiers who liberated Vienna from the Nazis.

The pro-Kremlin Night Wolves are on a ride commemorating the Russian and Allied defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago in the Second World War.

They started in Moscow and are hoping to end in Berlin on May 9.

Some EU officials have expressed criticism of their plans and Poland denied them entry, reflecting strains between Warsaw and Moscow over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

Accompanied yesterday by more than a dozen supporters, two group members drove up to the central Vienna square to the monument.

They then laid a wreath at the structure, erected by the Soviets after their liberation of Vienna.

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