McCartney Meets Pussy Riot Members

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Sir Paul McCartney, a veteran musician, finally got the chance to meet Russian punk band and activists, Pussy Riot, after spending almost two years fighting for their cause.

Former The Beatles member vowed to help the three female bandmates after they were imprisoned in their native country, Russia, for performing a song in protest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The performance took place in a church in Moscow.

The singer wrote an open letter to Pussy Riot, promising to fight for their freedom. He also spent two years campaigning for them.

Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released in October 2012, when her two-year sentence was commuted. Her bandmates, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were released in 2013, after spending 18 months in jail.

Upon their release, they continued to fight for civil rights, and they have finally had the chance to meet Paul, their greatest champion.

There’s a photo leaked of the two women hugging Sir Paul in a meeting in Los Angeles from April 2014.

Reportedly, Alekhina and Tolokonnikova thanked Paul for his support during their imprisonment and they further discussed ongoing problems in Russia.

In 2013, Paul wrote an open letter, which was published on his website, in their support.
The letter read, “My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world,” McCartney wrote, according to a portion of the letter posted on his website.

McCartney’s letter continues: “In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case.”

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