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Alexei Navalny

Thousands rally on Putin’s birthday

MOSCOW: Several thousand supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied across Russia on President Vladimir Putin's birthday on Saturday, as police arrested more than 100 people. A thousand protesters turned up in rainy Moscow and 3,000 more people took to the streets in Putin's hometown of Saint Petersburg later Saturday, with protests also taking place in dozens of other cities. The protests - called by Navalny after he was sent to jail for 20 days this week -- were markedly smaller than the rallies he…