I don't understand any of this, who is Aleksandr Zaldostanov (“the Surgeon”) President of the Night Wolves MC? He seems to be pretty pally with old Vlad, if anyone can fill me in I'd be grateful.
Arrived on Harley Trike
Putin, biker dudes and spiesDuring a brief visit to the Ukraine, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived at the 14th International Bike Show, which took place at Lake Gasfort, riding a Harley tricycle at the head of the bikers. Mounted on a modified Harley Davidson Le Mans, decorated with the Russian and Ukrainian flags, Putin wore a black shirt, black jeans, a baseball cap, dark glasses, and black gloves. Vladimir Vladimirovich called his trike his “iron growler”, and called the participants in the rally, “brothers”, during his opening speech.
If meeting spy-turned-celebrity Anna Chapman wasn’t enough, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin donned black fingerless gloves and traded his Merc for a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson over the weekend.
It was a rare chance for Russia’s most powerful politician to experience “that sweet feeling of freedom” that only a Harley can provide.
Indeed, Putin’s visit to Ukraine this week, which included closed-door talks with President Viktor Yanukovych, turned into a publicity stunt complete with spy sing-alongs, biker dudes and even some helpful advice on how to beat the heat.