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Thousands Rally For Tymoshenko's Birthday

Yulia Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years

Yulia Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years

Some 3,000 supporters of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko have staged a birthday concert at the gates of the Kyiv prison where she is being held.

People heaped flowers and nailed up greetings messages on cards outside the prison to mark the former prime minister's 51st birthday.

Others joined in when popular singer Nina Matvienko, one of several performers who Tymoshenko's party said would appear during the day, sang a Ukrainian song.

Tymoshenko was jailed this summer for seven years for abuse of office.

She and her supporters describe her prosecution as a political vendetta launched by President Viktor Yanukovych.

compiled from agency reports