Vladimir Putin's ties to motorcycle club gets him almost banned in Finland
Vladimir Putin’s close ties with the Night Wolves (Nochniye Volki) a Russian and pan European motorcycle club almost saw him banned from entering Finland, after his name was mistakenly put on the country's scecret criminal blacklist.
The Russian president's continuing affiliation with the bikers, and the apparent belief that this motorcycle club is a 1 percenter organization, probably got him on the list in the first place.
Putin enjoys projecting the macho image not only to his citizens but also the international media, his black belt in judo (which he probably got when he was in the KGB), flying fighter jets, swimming, riding horses and riding motorcycles is the facade that Putin likes to show to world.
In 2010 he went to the international bike show near the Black Sea port of Sevastopol – sans helmet - riding a Harley Davidson Lehman Trike decorated with Russian and Ukrainian flags and he also led a group of Night Wolves when he went to the Russian city of Novorossiysk.
A Finnish TV station discovered that Putin's name was found in a secret criminal register revealing that the Russian president could have been detained for at least 6 months if he stepped onto Finnish soil, but once the authorities found out they were quick to extend their apologies and remove Putin’s name from the list saying that they are investigating the error, which could have caused a big diplomatic incident between the two countries.
Finnish Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen extended Putin her “sincere apologies for the incorrect registry entry.” Rasanen added “the Interior Ministry considers it of grave concern if a member of the police has made such groundless entries into the database of suspects.”
The chief of Finland’s national police force, Mikko Paatero, also apologized for the mistaken inclusion of Putin’s name in the database, “This kind of incident is extremely exceptional and is not acceptable under any circumstances.”
Finnish MTV3 said the content of the register is known only to a few top officials, but in another statement, the police called it a computerized personal data file intended for nationwide used by the police” and includes information on people who are suspected of offenses punishable by prison "or having contributed to an offence subject to imprisonment of more than six months, or to an unlawful use of narcotics."