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News Wrap: Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Demands Moscow Mayor Recount

September 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
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JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news today, the results the results of Sunday’s election for mayor of Moscow were called into question. The official count showed an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin barely managed to avoid a runoff. Moscow’s election commission said that incumbent Sergey Sobyanin had won just over 50 percent of the vote. But opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who ran a strong second, demanded a recount. He said he would not consider Sobyanin the mayor.

ALEXEI NAVALNY, Russian Opposition Leader (through interpreter): The elections were falsified. I think that there’s more than one independent observer who has raised doubts over this. We do not recognize these elections, and he can’t consider himself the mayor of all Muscovites. He can’t consider himself lawfully elected mayor unless he agrees to our demands and allows a recount of the vote.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Navalny said he was mainly contesting the vote-from- home totals, which went overwhelmingly for Sobyanin. Russia’s most respected election monitoring group also questioned the accuracy of the results.

In business news, Wall Street got the week off to a big start. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 140 points to close at 15,063. The Nasdaq rose 46 points to close at 3,706.

A long-lost Vincent van Gogh painting has now been discovered. “Sunset at Montmajour” is the Dutch master’s first full-size canvas to be identified in 85 years. The landscape painting dates back to 1888, and was unveiled today at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It had been stored in an attic in Norway for six decades after its owner was told it was a fake.

The museum’s director called it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

AXEL RUEGER, Van Gogh Museum: It is from his most prominent period in his career, from his period in Arles, when he worked in the South of France in Provence. And just to give you some context, it is the period during which he also painted The Sunflowers, The Yellow House, The Bedroom, some of his really most famous works.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The newly discovered painting will go on public display at the Van Gogh Museum beginning September 24.