Putin chilling with his favorite biker gang

 

by sgotwalks

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."


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Zapruder site profile image  

3/14/14 6:31 PM by Zapruder

Fine, Clinton was awesome too

Kolsyrade site profile image  

3/14/14 4:13 PM by Kolsyrade

If anyone cares. ^^The training wheels on obamas bike are photoshopped on.

The PBC site profile image  

3/14/14 1:29 PM by The PBC

You got to admit Putin really knows how do a photo op.

Dan O'Connell site profile image  

3/14/14 12:18 PM by Dan O'Connell

ttt

jacktripper site profile image  

3/14/14 10:17 AM by jacktripper

"What exactly is a stake?"Much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia And no one said you can't fawn over supercool pictures of a fascist dictator

Dr Schopenhauer site profile image  

3/14/14 8:43 AM by Dr Schopenhauer

Lol @ Russians attempting to imitate American biker gangs. Most unoriginal garbage country

sgotwalks site profile image  

3/14/14 5:21 AM by sgotwalks

  What exactly is a stake? I ask you in all seriousness, how in the sweet mother of fuck does what happens in Crimea affect me out here in the isolated mountains of British Columbia anymore than what is happening in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Seria or Venezuala for that matter?   You on your high horse telling those of us who are having a little fun with some pics of a world leader cruising the streets of Moscow with a legit MC crew that we are fags for doing so........weill, whatl you don't seem to realize is that you are the one that sounds like a faggot for calling us out. Some of us leave our concerns for things we can manage, like our bills, jobs and kids, you know, real life shit at our jobs and in our homes. Unless you are planning on heading over to the Ukraine to fight the cause on their behalf then shut your pie hole because these pictures are both intriguing and amusing for some of us. People (especially on the OG) have fun with shit like this. Lighten up Mr. Grown Up Man! This also goes for all the other clowns who have gotten all uptight in this thread. Don't worry, nobody from pthe OG is running to take up arms behind Putin. You all can stop being so serious about this stuff now.  Here, chill the fuck out..........

effinggoof site profile image  

3/14/14 4:12 AM by effinggoof

There are not enough people in Crimea for me to be willing to play nuclear chicken with Russia.Fuck that.

Marcus Agrippa site profile image  

3/14/14 3:11 AM by Marcus Agrippa

First death since in Eastern Ukraine since the Putin's thugs took over. Starting to look like shit could really hit the fan.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10696753/Pro-Kiev-protester-killed-in-east-Ukraine-rally-clash.htmlI wonder how high the body count will have to get before you sad little fags grow up and realise just what is at stake here.

Moke site profile image  

3/12/14 9:58 PM by Moke

All you'd have to do is start a rumor that Putin is laughing behind this Zaldostanov guy's back, and then hire one single sniper to shoot this guy coming out of a bar or something, and BOOM.You have Russia's largest biker gang trying to kill Putin and anything to related to him, as well as a nice little internal war that will affect international geopolitics.