Say what you will about Russia's Vladimir Putin. He has taken over media in Russia, runs the national autocratically, is rumored to have stolen so much he is the world's richest man, but he is an alpha male like it is his job.
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In this Aug. 29, 2011 photo, then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, center left, and leader of Nochniye Volki (the Night Wolves) biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov, also known as Khirurg (the Surgeon), right, ride bikes at a motor bikers' festival in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, POOL, file)
A picture taken on July 7, 2009, shows Vladimir Putin speaking with Zaldostanov (R), during Putin's visit to the 'Night Wolves' biker club's headquarters. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
Vladimir Putin, center, and Zaldostanov, right, as they ride bikes at a motor bikers' festival in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Russia, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, pool)
Vladimir Putin (C) poses for a photo with members of the 'Night Wolves' bikers' movement after watching a friendly football match between of Serbia's FC Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and Russia's FC Zenit St Petersburg junior teams at Marakana Stadium in Belgrade, on March 23, 2011. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Night Wolves Moscow Bikers club leader Alexander 'Khirurg' Zaldostanov (L) attend the opening of the Barmaley Fountain during a wider ceremony to remember the 40,000 people who died on this day in 1942, when the city was bombed by Nazi Germany, on August 23, 2013 in Volgograd, Russia. (Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with a biker as he takes part in the 16th annual motorbike festival held by 'The Night Wolves' youth organization in the southern Russian town of Novorossiysk, on August 29, 2011. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
Vladimir Putin (L) hands over a medal to the leader of the Night Wolves biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov, during Putin's meeting with members of the Military History Society in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, on March 14, 2013. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)
Vladimir Putin pays a surprise visit to the headquarters of the 'Night Wolves' biker club in Moscow on July 7, 2009. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
Vladimir Putin, center, and leader of the Night Wolves biker group, Alexander Zaldostanov, right, pose for a press attending a meeting of motorbikers at their camp at Gasfort lake near Sevastopol in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, Saturday, July 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
On Saturday, the Night Wolves organized a mass ride from the northeast of Ukraine through the Russian speaking eastern regions to the Crimea.
A member of the club's local chapter said: “We don’t want what happened in Kiev to happen here. Nazis and bandits have seized power there. And if we have to fight, we’ll fight with everything we can get our hands on.”
The Night Wolves formed during Perestroika in1980s Russia as a counter-Soviet group idolising rock music and motorbikes. Even today, they claim to reject all laws, written and unwritten, and all political or religious movements.
Mr Putin’s links to the group are considerable enough that he was accidentally put on a blacklist by Finnish authorities, banning him from entering the country.
Mr Putin first met the bike group in 2009 – a stunt that his detractors viewed as another of his macho photo opportunities. But Mr Putin’s links to the group seem sincere.
Mr Putin was once four hours late for a meeting with former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych because he had been touring the Crimea with Mr Zaldostanov.
Last year, Mr Putin awarded Mr Zaldostanov with an Order of Honour for his “active work in the patriotic upbringing of the young”.
In return, Mr Zaldostanov has praised the President for his attempts to "restore Russia's greatness."