The Russian Version Of The Hells Angels Are Basically A Government Agency
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.
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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.
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The Surgeon looked like this, by the way.
Toward this end, they hold elaborate, government funded stage shows that look like Iron Maiden joined the cast of Hamilton. Beginning with the Red Army's defeat of the Wehrmacht (Complete with actual tanks!) and ending with our leather-clad heroes' utter trouncing of an evil foreign influence that is totally not (but definitely is) America. These shows have one main goal, to frighten the ever-loving bejeezus out of Russian children.
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We legitimately can't tell if those are blanks or live ammo.