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Russia 'Indignant' Over Poland's Ban On Pro-Putin Bikers

The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has protested Poland's decision to refuse entry to a group of Russian motorcyclists on a tour it says is meant to commemorate Soviet war victories during World War II.

The ministry said in a statement on April 24 that it is "indignant" about the Polish decision on the motorcyclists, who include members of the Night Wolves club that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ridden with.

The Polish Foreign Ministry said earlier on April 24 it had notified the Russian Embassy in Warsaw that it was denying entry to the motorcyclists.

The Night Wolves, which draw support from the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church, planned to ride through Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria to reach Berlin on May 9.

But the plan has sparked protests in Poland, which was invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union at the start of World War II.

Washington announced sanctions against the Night Wolves in December for its involvement in Crimea during Russia's takeover of the Ukrainian territory.

But the Night Wolves have not been blacklisted by the EU.

Based on reporting by TASS, Reuters, and AP