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Pro-Putin bikers lay wreath at Russian monument in Vienna en route to Berlin

  • Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves lay a wreath in front of the Hero Monument of the Red Army in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Night Wolves want to ride through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria to Berlin to commemorate the victory of Soviet troops over Nazi Germany 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves lay a wreath in front of the Hero Monument of the Red Army in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Night Wolves want to ride through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria to Berlin to commemorate the victory of Soviet troops over Nazi Germany 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves  lay a wreath in front of the Hero Monument of the Red Army in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Night Wolves want to ride through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria to Berlin to commemorate the victory of Soviet troops over Nazi Germany 70-years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves lay a wreath in front of the Hero Monument of the Red Army in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Night Wolves want to ride through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria to Berlin to commemorate the victory of Soviet troops over Nazi Germany 70-years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves leave the Hero Monument of the Red Army in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Night Wolves want to ride through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria to Berlin to commemorate the victory of Soviet troops over Nazi Germany 70-years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Members of the Russian motorcycle club Night Wolves leave the Hero Monument of the Red Army in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Night Wolves want to ride through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria to Berlin to commemorate the victory of Soviet troops over Nazi Germany 70-years ago. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

Members of a nationalistic Russian bikers club have laid a wreath at a monument to the Russian soldiers who liberated Vienna from the Nazis.

The pro-Kremlin Night Wolves are on a ride commemorating the Russian and Allied defeat of Nazi Germany 70 years ago in World War II with a ride from Moscow that is meant to end in Berlin May 9.

Some EU officials have expressed criticism of their plans and Poland denied them entry, reflecting strains between Warsaw and Moscow over Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

Accompanied Saturday by more than a dozen supporters, two group members drove up to the central Vienna square to the monument. They then laid a wreath at the structure, erected by the Soviets after their liberation of Vienna.