FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, Sir Paul 

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, Sir Paul McCartney performs on stage during his "Good Evening Europe" European Tour, his first since 2003, at Olympic Hall in Moscow,  Russia. Former Beatle Paul McCartney has asked a Russian judge to release members of the Pussy Riot punk group from prison. In letters dated Monday and posted online by the group's supporters, McCartney asks for parole to be granted to Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, currently serving two-year sentences for an impromptu protest in Moscow's main cathedral. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 file photo, Sir Paul McCartney performs on stage during his "Good Evening Europe" European Tour, his first since 2003, at Olympic Hall in Moscow, Russia. Former Beatle Paul McCartney has asked a Russian judge to release members of the Pussy Riot punk group from prison. In letters dated Monday and posted online by the group's supporters, McCartney asks for parole to be granted to Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, currently serving two-year sentences for an impromptu protest in Moscow's main cathedral. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)
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