Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Chairman Putin and the Nochnye Volki (Night Wolves) MC: A Rally for the Russian Black Sea Fleet

Chairman of the Government V V Putin (1952- ) with A S Zaldostanov (“The Surgeon”) (1963- ), head of the Nochnye Volki (Night Wolves) Motorcycle Club. Leather wings… ease on down the road!

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Today, there was an unusual caller at the headquarters of the Nochnye Volki (Night Wolves) Motorcycle Club. Chairman of the Government V V Putin came to visit the bikers’ club-house. The club-members described to the premier the preparations for a motorcade to Sevastopol where there’ll be a bike rally dedicated to the Black Sea Fleet. Putin met the President of the Night Wolves MC, A S Zaldostanov (better known by his nickname, “The Surgeon”), at the club entrance. “The Surgeon” told the premier that the 13th International Bike Show will take place on 10-11 July in Sevastopol. The show isn’t only dedicated to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, but also to the 65th anniversary of the city’s liberation from the Fascist aggressors.

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a great song from Korol i Shut

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This year’s show will attract bikers not only from Russia, but, also, from neighbouring countries all over Europe. The bulk of the riders, on several thousand motorcycles, have already left Moscow. The Surgeon told Vladimir Vladimirovich that the headliners of the event in Sevastopol will be the rock group Alisa, their song Nebo Slavyan (Slavic Skies) is the theme of the rally. Aleksandr showed the chairman on the map the route of the procession, which is to run through Oryol, Kursk, and other Russian and Ukrainian cities. The bikers asked Putin to sign the map, and he did so zestfully. The Night Wolves handed the chairman a picture with the logo of club, Vladimir Vladimirovich, in turn, presented them with a big Russian flag. Then, the riders showed off their “iron horses” for the premier. Putin admitted that he tried to ride a motorcycle recently.

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a video of the song Nebo Slavyan (Slavic Skies) by the rock group Alisa… a good biker anthem, no?

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Putin:

I tired to ride one of these things recently.

The Surgeon:

Yes, I heard you did.

Putin:

The rear wheel bucked up and it hit another bike. Everything was a mess.

The Surgeon:

I hope that you weren’t “spooked”, as they say, but, you didn’t give up on the bike, and I hope that you don’t just keep it in the garage.

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Baptism of Fire from Aria

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Adrenaline by Igor Kupriyanov

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In Sevastopol, the Wolves shall be accompanied by popular Russian musicians. In addition to Konstantin Kinchev and Alisa, the groups Aria, Pilot, Korol i Shut (The King and The Jester), Mongol Shuudan, and Igor Kupriyanov (ex-Chorny Kofe (Black Coffee)). A particularly honoured guest of the festival shall be the Ukrainian rock band Bratya Karamazovy (The Brothers Karamazov) {The Brothers were an important part of the missionary rock-tour of the Ukraine by Deacon Andrei Kuraev sponsored by the MP last year: editor}.

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Here’s Bratya Karamazovy

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Fr V A Chaplin, the Deputy Head of the MP Department of External Church Relations, told Voice of Russia World Service that the MP supports the Night Wolves’ action. “Many bikers are faithful Christians, we see quite a bit of them, as they’re often at services. When the leaders of the Night Wolves MC told the Patriarch about their plans to go to Sevastopol, His Holiness listened with great interest and gave them his blessing”.

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It’s a Long Road by Mongol Shuudan

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The rally shall precede a visit to Kiev by Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all Russia. The column of bikers shall roll through Russia and the Ukraine, picking up new riders as it goes along. Bikers from Byelorussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Czechia, Serbia, Greece, and Bulgaria will join the cavalcade. In addition to all of this, the bikers invited several of the veterans of the Battle of Sevastopol to take part in the event, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the hero-city’s liberation.

7 July 2009

Igor Siletsky

Voice of Russia World Service

http://ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=rus&q=120316&cid=22&p=07.07.2009

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