Police are expecting 150 members of the Russian nationalist rock band on Monday

Russian nationalist rock band

Police expect ‘Night Wolves’ to visit Berlin


afp / Carsten Koall

Sound: radio1 | 07.05.2022 | Jorg Poppendieck | Picture: afp / Carsten Koall

More than 50 commemorative events and demonstrations have been announced through Monday to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. Members of the Russian nationalist rock group “Night Wolves” are also expected.

Also on Monday, Berlin police will accompany several events commemorating the end of World War II in Europe 77 years ago with a large contingent. On May 9, Russia traditionally celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

A police spokesman said (as of 11:00 a.m.) that one of the focal points was a protest called “Red Army Memorial Elevator to commemorate Soviet soldiers who fell in World War II.” About 1,300 participants are registered.

According to police findings, around 150 members of the rock band “Nachtwölfe” also want to join the train, which is to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Berlin in the morning. The group is believed to support Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the police, the route of the demonstration starts from the Brandenburg Gate in the direction of the Soviet war memorial in Berlin Tiergarten.

According to the Brandenburg police on Sunday, the “night wolves” have not yet been spotted in the capital. Officials would keep an eye on highways and federal roads Sunday and Monday morning to see if rocker club members were arriving in the capital area, he said. As the “Night Wolves” wanted to be at the Brandenburg Gate around 11 a.m. on Monday, the police assume that the rockers will leave Frankfurt (Main) on Sunday, according to a spokesman.

Special regulations for places of memory

In addition, dozens of other smaller and larger commemorative events were recorded in Berlin. As of Saturday, up to 1,700 officers are likely to be on duty, the spokesperson said.

Police had issued several conditions for 15 memorials and memorials for Sunday and Monday. This includes, for example, that neither the Russian nor Ukrainian flags may be displayed on or near the respective site. Uniforms or parts of uniforms – even in modified forms – as well as marching or military chants are also prohibited. The Z symbol is also prohibited. The letter is used by supporters of war and means “za pobedu” (“For victory”).

Broadcast: radio1, May 8, 2022, 11 a.m.


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