Putin’s Night Wolves pay a visit to Budapest

The Hungarian public is becoming familiar with the name of a Russian motorcycle club–Night Wolves (Nochnye Volki)–whose beginnings date back to 1989 when a group of rock music fans and motorcycle enthusiasts got together to form a club during the perestroika era of the Soviet Union. It was the first official bike club in the USSR, led by Alexander Zaldostanov, known as the Surgeon. Currently, the club has 5,000 members and seven chapters outside of Russia–in Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Macedonia.

Zaldostanov and Putin may have known each other from their days in East Germany, where both resided in the 1980s. Some people suspect that Zaldostanov was also a KGB agent. Perhaps because of the supposed relationship between the two men in Germany, Zaldostanov and his club are fervent supporters of Vladimir Putin and Russian nationalism. Putin considers the Night Wolves his friends. At one point he even led their rally on a Harley-Davidson trike. Because of its close relations with the Kremlin, the club is well taken care of financially. According to at least one observer of the Russian scene, the club receives “several hundred million rubles a year.” In return, club members have performed such patriotic duties as fighting on the side of pro-Russian militants during the Crimean crisis and the war in Donbass.

The Wolves are not welcome in too many countries. For example, in 2015 when they were planning to celebrate “Victory Day” in Berlin, their trip was rudely interrupted by the government of Poland, which refused them entry. At that time they were not welcome in Germany either; their Schengen visas were cancelled. Some Wolves who tried to enter Germany by plane were denied entry. In December 2014 the United States announced sanctions against the bikers because of their recruitment of fighters for the war in Donbass. Canada followed suit a month later. I might add that the Wolves are great admirers of Stalin, “who was sent by God” to do great things on earth.

Poland and the Baltic States didn’t soften their hearts when it came to letting the Wolves through their countries to visit Berlin this year. (For some reason Germany relented.) On May 1 they were turned away from the Polish border. A day later another group of bikers was forbidden to enter Georgia. One group drove to Sebastopol, from where they went to Romania by ship. Riders from all seven chapters headed to Budapest. For example, Novorossia Today reported that the Bulgarian chapter of the Night Wolves began their journey in Sofia and met the other contingents in Budapest.

On May 4 the bikers, accompanied by members of the Russian Embassy, visited the famous cemetery on Fiumei út where Soviet soldiers are buried. Here they laid wreaths at the memorial erected in their honor. The ceremony can be seen on this video.

Given the excellent relationship that exists between Putin’s Russia and Orbán’s Hungary, it is not surprising that Hungary allowed the bikers to cross into Hungarian territory and from there move on to Bratislava, Prague, Dresden, and Berlin. But the Hungarian public, which has had enough of the overly friendly relations between Moscow and Budapest, was less than thrilled seeing the Wolves in Hungary. The majority of the population opposes the construction of a nuclear power plant in Hungary by a Russian firm and, as a result, Hungary’s being indebted for decades to come to Russia. The encounter between the Chechen-Russian patriot who threatened a Hungarian citizen didn’t go over well either. And now here are these grim-looking bikers carrying red flags with a hammer and sickle and a star. How is it possible that the Hungarian government makes a huge fuss over the red star in the logo of Heineken, the Dutch beer manufacturer, while these guys proudly display the real star (albeit in white), the symbol of the communist Soviet Union? A Hungarian citizen displaying these symbols can receive a jail sentence, according to §335 of the criminal code. So, in no time, an individual paid a visit to the central police station and filed charges. Naturally, the police had no intention of interfering. It was too late in any case. Once the bikers were inside the country, their display of these symbols was inevitable.

The opposition members of the parliamentary committee on national security asked a few questions from the police about their inaction. According to Bernadett Szél, the explanation offered by the police was “horribly embarrassing.” On the one hand, they argued that the cemetery is considered to be private property and therefore the police couldn’t enter the premises while, on the other hand, they explained that the bikers’ refusal to follow Hungarian law was justified by “the special circumstances.” The police report that was issued simply stated that “no criminal offense was committed” and therefore no action was necessary.

Péter Tarjányi, a national security expert and former police detective, told Olga Kálmán, who has a new program on HírTV, that through these Victory Rides the Night Wolves, with their powerful bikes and their frightening demeanor, intimidate the locals. And yet the Hungarian government doesn’t dare stand up to them. On the contrary. The Wolves were allowed to pay homage to the Soviet heroes and to the Great Patriotic War. They can thus be seen as a “communication arm” of a strong and powerful Russia and its leader.

It is hard to say whether Viktor Orbán is afraid to stand up to the Russians as Tarján claims or whether by now his involvement with Putin’s Russia is so extensive that he cannot extricate himself from Putin’s embrace. He committed his country too much to Russia while he practically burned his bridges to the West. To be able to say “no” to Putin could be done only if he were ready to abandon everything he has stood for in the last seven years. Such a reversal at the moment or perhaps ever is unimaginable.

May 12, 2017
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Reality Check
Guest

Sickening. The sons of those who raped my mother’s friends, killed my family’s friends, imprisoned others, and drove my family from Hungary. OV is Putin’s little dog. He has no shame.

Bobby
Guest

@ReaIity Check …. I feel your pain but the sons are not responsible for the sin of their fathers. As for who is whose dog look no further that this blog. Run by a person who left Hungary 60 years ago, born to Jewish parents and invites the Muslim hordes into Europe to massacre her own kind against the will of the people of her former homeland. I wonder who pulls her strings.

old1956
Guest

Let me defend the Balogh Blog.

This blog represents the best integrity.

The usual accusations are indecent. Her accusers lack all credibility.

Reailty Check
Guest

They have their own sins. They are mercenaries who were part of the invasion of Ukraine.

Bobby you are the dog for smearing Eva with your bigoted slur.

Guest

Readers take note-

“Bobby” is the typical voice of Fidesz, and is exactly what we, the opposition find shocking, and are fighting against.

As evidenced by this article about Russian thugs, welcomed by Orbán to Hungary, it is clear that Orbán/”Bobby”, et al, are waging a war not just on Soros, the EU, Muslims and Jews, but are mostly waging a war on the rule of law itself.

It is no longer teneble to live in a lawless country with privileges for Orbán and his many “Bobbys”, and with penalties for anyone who has a contrary opinion to them.

We are all grateful for Éva’s brilliant daily articles of in-depth information regarding the machinations of Orbán’s “government”.

Reailty Check
Guest

My family left nearly 75 years ago. How do you know that I am not a Jew. I support the settlemet of refugees in Europe and the US. Are you going to insult me too? It’s totally clear who pulls your strings.

Member

Dear Bobby,
what exactly do you mean, when You mentioned that Eva is born to jewish parents ?
Do You think, that this fact or unfact, has any impact to this blog ?

Bobby
Guest

Dear Winston, Yes I do. And let me clarify something for all of you here. generally speaking it should not be an issue but I find it very disturbing that in order to support the left lib (Soros) agenda Jewish born (not necessary religious) people want to invite their born and sworn enemies to invade our homelands with their intolerant religious no integrationist attitude. And that is not the same as political intolerance. Just remember what hitler (small case is not an oversight) did to us. Yes to US. This is the only reason I am a supporter of OV’s resistance of the EU backboneless policies. Europe and especially Hungary is not under any obligation to import these hordes and pushing them on the Nation will eventually result in revolt in Hungary.

Guest

Bobby, just a reminder:
Hungary under the self proclaimed anti-semite Horthy had “Jewish laws” in 1920 – long before Hitler came to power…
We’ve discussed this here so often – as a mathematician and physicist I could tell you the names of many famous people (several Nobel Prize winners among them) who had to flee Hungary because of these laws …
You’re a very good example of the “Hungarian Stupid” – it’s always someone else’s fault!

Bobby
Guest

I prefer the wolves to the wild animal hordes that behead Jews, Christians alike and rape women for not covering themselves in garbage bag, and destroy all culture different from their barbaric religion.

Reailty Check
Guest

They are the ones the migrants are running from. They kill far more muslims than anybody else. Now go crawl back into your hole.

Bobby
Guest

Thank you for this highly valuable fake information. When you wake up please check available news on the issues. Perhaps Sweden riots, Paris massacre, etc.

Member

Orbán will never stand up to the Russians. They still hold the proof that he worked for the KGB. He was a spy against his own people. The paper trail evidence of this has been shredded in Hungary now of course, but Orbán knows the Russians have real proof, therefore, he’s a Putin puppet.

Needless to say, if that smoking gun ever became public, he would be lucky to stay alive, life in prison or, at best on the run in Argentina would be his only options.

Bobby
Guest

@BudapestCalling .. I am not sure about such but I advise all of you to look into what the EU has done and keeps doing to the Hungarian people. They forced HU to loose half of its export to support the ill-fated boycott of Obama’s idiotic policy while Germany kept doing business with Putin. Ask yourself what would you have done in OV shoes. I guess most of you would have sold the country to the libs run Brussels.

Member

Thats OK Bobby, just keep calm and carry on, buying into the fake Fidesz propaganda machine. You want Hungary out of the EU, here’s yours nails. there’s your coffin.

Bobby
Guest

@BudapestCalling I think you try to discredit what I said. I do not want to be out of the EU but I sure want to have respect and equal treatment with ALL of the other members. I do not want to pay 120 HUF for a kWh electricity to satisfy the never ending greed of the Merkel puppets. When we have the same earnings and the same pensions as the Fritz get than I am willing to pay the same price for everything they do. But they want to beat the stinging nettle with the Hungarians’ dick.

Member

Hate the EU? Very easy way to “Stop Brussels”.
The fascist regime should have the courage of their supposed “convictions” and start the process to leave the damned thing.

They will be dancing on the streets of Brussels and Strasbourg the day that happens.

Reailty Check
Guest

Russian troll spreading lies. Hungary’s exports to Russia were a small fraction of total exports even before the sanctions. Germany acounted for nearly a 1/4 before the sanctions. Russia just a few percent. Without the EU Hungary’s economy would tank.

Bobby
Guest

Why did Germany keep buying gas from Putin? Perhaps they figured that banning the sale of food to Russia by Hungary is needed to force Putin out of Ukraine while boycotting the purchase of gas from him would repeat Stalingrad? Perhaps …

bimbi
Guest

@Bobby, 10:07 p.m.

You do know, don’t you, that Viktor Orban and Peter Szijjarto are
paid Russian agents?

Bobby
Guest

bimbi, I have to be honest with you… I had no idea. Thank you for this very valuable information.

bimbi
Guest

@Bobby, 8:57 am

But Bobby, I didn’t give you any information but merely asked a question. May I take your response as assent however?

Member

Budapest,
I do not want to speculate about any reasons, why exactly Orban depends on Putin.

There are different rumours, there is corruption.

But it is getting more and more obvious, that Orban is not free in his decisions, he makes for Hungary.

The hate mongering against Eu and the irrational obedience and praise of Russia is even disadvantegeous to himself.

P.S. I don’t like Bobby.

Guest

The “good” news is that bobby/doggy shows us what really moves these people:
Hate for everybody who is foreign to them, whether they are Jews, Muslims, LGBT, Liberals or even the famous Pirez …
Facts are not important for them – they live in their self made world of “alternative facts”.

Member

Wolfi,
they show us too often what moves them:

1. Bobbies first comment is not acceptable. I think in Germany it would be an offence.
The rest I didn’t read.

2. Nearly all of the previous comments are occupied with Bobby and not with the topic of the post.

Ferenc
Guest

It’s the hate they show and the “alternative facts” they need, but at heart they are just AFRAID of everything and everybody different from themselves, so from those who would be making them question themselves.
Basically they are just pampered “pólyások” in wolfs’ clothes.

Guest

Yes, these emotions are often in parallel – fear and hate are the signs of a closed mind.
I’m still wondering what went wrong in the Eastern European states after Communism fell.

A bit OT:
We Western Germans also had a “bad start” after WW2 and Nazi times – but we managed! Of course we had help from the USA, Britain etc but still – I remember with horror some of our teachers in the 50s at the Gymnasium that we used to call “Clerical Fascists” (of course not openly). We had others, better ones, too and we were a group that was kind of revolutionary – reading Nietzsche and Heidegger and the stories from 1001 nights – also the Chinese Jung Ping Me … 🙂
And religion was a no go for all of us, whether we had been raised Protestant or Catholic.
PS:
And all of us went to university and had an academic career, though some were the children of poor village people with minimal education, we all made it …
And then of course the student revolution in the 60s – those were the days!

Member

Wolfie,
my last years in school in the beginning of the 80ies, some of the older teachers were still suspicious.
But there were also young teachers in their 30ies. These was the 68er generation.
These two groups of teachers were like from two different planets.

Guest

I’m proud to have been part of that 68er generation!

Ferenc
Guest

Hey wolfi, you might like the 1st minute of this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOdIsLFTuJc
(a recorded report about 1968 student protests in Paris – …blood streaming down their faces… – used by the DJ of that Dutch band)

Member

Ferenc,

You are right. These Bobbies are little shitters, who have inferior complex and actually hate themselfs, but project their hate to innocent people, they do not even know.

But they are not harmless. These Bobbies and Doggies are those kind of people, who made the events in the first half of the last century possible, including the genocide to the jews.
In West Germany my generation was teached to be cautious and not let happen things like that again.

Orban is doing the opposite. He is preaching hate and stupid Bobbies obey.

Ferenc
Guest

Winston,
I didn’t mean that they aren’t harmless, contrary I think they can be/become very dangerous.
Though the main antidote against / medicine for them should not be sought in aggression against them as this will only increase their fear in more anger, but instead in a way to reduce the basic fears in their hearts for everything/everybody different from themselves.

Member

you are right Ferenc,

on the one side, there are those, who have fears and otherwise are decent friendly people (most Hungarian, I actually meet in my daily life, I like more than the average Gerrman).

On the other side, there are those, who are inciting these fears in these people by using fake news, billboard campaigns and trolls.

I personally get too quick outraged and angry especially about the second group, which I believe Bobbie/Doggie belong to.

Guest

For those who read German:
A devastating article on the Night Wolves from our German SPIEGEL in 2016:
http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-144654346.html

I didn’t know that their leader Saldostanow spent some time in West Berlin (1985-1989 !) where he came into contact withe the (in)famous Hell’s Angels!
He might have been a KGB agent then …

John Cumberbatch
Guest

On the topic of Russia:

“Hungary interested in cooperation with Russia — MP”
http://tass.com/economy/945689

Has Fidesz now become Putin puppets?

Istvan
Guest
What is fascinating about the night wolfs and the Russian biker scene is their unabashed copying of American one percent outlaw biker gangs. It’s really a Russian embarrassment that they largely drive the iconic USA made Harley Davidson motorcycles, which cost a vast amount of money in Europe. Putin when he rode with them by the way was on a Harley. There are innumerable US military veterans biker clubs and associations in the USA, one of which is the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. I had several friends that rode with that group almost all had Harley’s, one however had a spectacularly beautiful Italian Moto Guzzi 1400 cc touring bike which I thought was just a piece of art compared to the Harley’s. They would have events that would also be fund raisers for things like building physically accessible homes for disabled veterans which I fully support. So I have attended many of those events over the years, but I drove my 1970 Jaguar XK-E convertible 4.2 liter with air conditioning and an upgraded modern sound system. I still have that car and it is maintained obsessively and is befitting of my status as a retired officer and gentleman, at least… Read more »
wrfree
Guest
Re: Nochniye Volki’s ‘copying’.. Very apt. It’s always lovely to see how Russia while leveling diatribes against the dastardly West consistently likes to co-opt Western inventions like rock’n’roll and biking to give it that ole special Russki twist. And usually its turns always go the opposite way. Harleys as it has come to be known have taken on a symbol in American culture of a drive for freedom, choice and exploring new roads and atmospheres. It appeals to that American inagination of unbounded freedom. And what do we get from the Wolves and the Trump bike men? A blinkered reinterpretation of a philosophy ripped apart from its initial conception. It is said that where the Nochniye Volki are that ‘should be considered Russia’. So no wonder some Euro areas have banned them considering Putin’s conception of a ‘hungry’ Russia with little ‘green/black’ clothed men. Lichtenstein should be attentive then. From the looks of Putin’s ‘vanguard’ they look like they can take it over in a few hours. Even biking in the Russian project for Europe will have its place. The trolls: must be conceived and produced as robots since communication consists of canned rants, cheap personal slurs and ad hominems… Read more »
Zsuzsa
Guest

Re Eva: “anyone who doesn’t share their views must be … Jewish.” That’s very true. I have been accused much the same on site and in face. Still a lot of “real Hungarians” would be very distressed with a DNA probe, my bigoted relatives notwithstanding, because survival is a strange thing, no? Bobby appears to be a scoundrel, every political website seems to have one.

Re Orban: https://444.hu/2017/05/13/ezt-is-megeltuk-orban-viktor-a-tienanmen-teren-koszoruzta-meg-a-kommunistak-hosi-emlekmuvet?utm_source=hirkereso&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=ezt-is-megeltuk-orban-viktor-a-tienanmen-teren-koszoruzta-meg-a-kommunistak-hosi-emlekmuvet ….who would have thunk?

Guest

You’re in good company – on politics.hu I’ve also been called a Jew (and a Nazi of course …) and my wife has also been called a Jewess for having a German instead of a “Tiszta Magyar” …

The crazy side of this is that we were both over 60 years of age when we were introduced – and immediately fell in love!

wrfree
Guest

‘If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us. ~Hermann Hesse

Seems to be plenty of this going on nowadays. Unreflective and blind thinking filled with a rage apparently knowing no boundaries. The tensions stretched thin to breaking points. And the populists feed on this sickness no end.

Member

Wfree,

I think the Bobbie/Doggie case is not exactly, what Hesse is talking about.

In Hesses case one hates the other, because he knows him and discovers similar, specific properties, which he hates in himself.

Bobbie/Doggie just hate. They hate ghosts, that they have never seen.

wrfree
Guest

What we can see perhaps is a kind of free floating madness intermingled with an expansive fear that a world previously once measured very well is now subject to an uncontrolled chaos. It is a view looked through with cracked and split prisms as we see the Portcullis Orbanus protecting the shaky frontiers. Every vision see in the eyesights are dire threats. And the fear is palpable and full of dread.

Zsuzsa
Guest

When you don’t like something it doesn’t mean you don’t like it in yourself. For instance I hate kale. ??? “you hate in others what you hate in yourself” “It’s so simple to be wise”, etc belongs in the realm of dumb sayings. These gems are used to disarm a different point of view but on their own have no merit. Sometimes you just want a better world where race, colour [Canadian spelling], religion, sexual orientation is of no consequence. And yes, you hate the alternative.

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