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Russian biker head says plans for war commemoration ride still on, despite Poland's entry ban

FILE - In this Saturday, April 25, 2015 file photo, Night Wolves biker group leader Alexander Zaldostanov rides a motorcycle as he takes part in seeing off Russian bikers leaving for Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, in Moscow. Riders from the Night Wolves, a Russian nationalist motorcycle group, have begun their run commemorating the Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite Poland's announcement that it would refuse to let them in the country. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, April 25, 2015 file photo, Night Wolves biker group leader Alexander Zaldostanov rides a motorcycle as he takes part in seeing off Russian bikers leaving for Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, in Moscow. Riders from the Night Wolves, a Russian nationalist motorcycle group, have begun their run commemorating the Red Army's offensive against Nazi Germany, despite Poland's announcement that it would refuse to let them in the country. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

The leader of a Russian nationalist motorcycle club whose members were refused entry into Poland says they haven't abandoned their plans to ride to Berlin to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago.

Ten members of the Night Wolves who aimed to ride through Poland and other countries en route to Berlin were turned back Monday at the Poland-Belarus border. Poland last week denied entry for the group, saying their plan was a provocation.

The Night Wolves are closely allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin and are vehement supporters of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Club leader Alexander Zaldostanov told reporters in the Belarus border city of Brest on Tuesday that the riders would try other routes to complete the ride, but he didn't give any details.