united motorcycles

In the United States, outlaw motorcycle clubs like the Hells Angels are, well, outlaws. It’s all right there in the name, really. In Russia, outlaw motorcycle clubs like the Hells Angels are the law. 

 That’s a photo of totally democratically elected Russian President Vladimir Putin, proudly riding his trike (that’s like a motorcycle for people who pretend to know how to ride motorcycles) alongside a man called the Surgeon. One-time dental surgeon Alexander Zaldostanov is the president of Russia’s answer to the aforementioned Hells Angels, the Night Wolves – often referred to as “Putin’s Angels” thanks to their full backing by the Kremlin.

In addition to giving Russia’s leather industry a much-needed shot in the arm, the Night Wolves have a platform of eliminating “unnatural” and “Satanic” gay folk and restoring Russia to its full, pre-USSR-collapse glory.

Toward this end, they hold elaborate, government funded stage shows that look like Iron Maiden joined the cast of Hamilton.

5 Insane Ways Russia Is In Its Own Alternate Universe

Soldiers of the Das Reich Division trying to get a 3.7cm PaK 36 out of the mud during the advance towards Belgrade, Yugoslavia in April 1941. The Division’s line of advance was over very marshy terrain, and it had difficulty in making progress in adverse weather conditions. The motorcycle reconnaissance unit of the Division, however, under SS-Hauptsturmführer Fritz Klingenberg, found that its light vehicles could make good headway by travelling along railway tracks and embankments, and it took off at speed towards Belgrade while the remainder of the Division laboured in the mud.