Moscow-AP -- Former Beatle Paul McCartney is in Russia for his first performance there. It's a concert President Vladimir Putin says couldn't have happened in Soviet times, when the Beatles were deemed "propaganda of an alien ideology."
Putin told McCartney the Beatles were widely listened to in the Soviet Union, despite the official disapproval of their music.
McCartney says he's long wanted to visit Moscow, where he's performing tonight in Red Square.
McCartney also has spoken to Putin about efforts to ban land mines. Putin says everything aimed at saving human lives deserves support.
Russia hasn't signed the 1997 Ottawa Convention banning the use and production of land mines, which more than 130 countries have signed.