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The New York Times

$30,000 Watch Vanishes Up Church Leader’s Sleeve

"MOSCOW — Facing a scandal over photographs of its leader wearing an enormously expensive watch, the Russian Orthodox Church worked a little miracle: It made the offending timepiece disappear. Editors doctored a photograph on the church’s Web site of the leader, Patriarch Kirill I, extending a black sleeve where there once appeared to be a Breguet timepiece worth at least $30,000. The church might have gotten away with the ruse if it had not failed to also erase the watch’s reflection, which appeared in the photo on the highly glossed table where the patriarch was seated. The church apologized for the deception on Thursday and restored the original photo to the site, but not before Patriarch Kirill weighed in, insisting in an interview with a Russian journalist that he had never worn the watch, and that any photos showing him wearing it must have been doctored to put the watch on his wrist. The controversy, which erupted Wednesday when attentive Russian bloggers discovered the airbrushing, further stoked anger over the church’s often lavish displays of wealth and power. It also struck yet another blow to the moral authority of Russian officialdom, which has been dwindling rapidly in light of recent scandals involving police abuse, electoral fraud and corruption."

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They did a lousy job at airbrushing because you can still see the watches reflection in the table. Haha!!! They airbrushed his arm and not the table. Idiots, they can't even get a "cover up" right.

And then the Patriarch's explanation contradicts his church's explanation.

:lol1:

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They did a lousy job at airbrushing because you can still see the watches reflection in the table. Haha!!! They airbrushed his arm and not the table. Idiots, they can't even get a "cover up" right.

And then the Patriarch's explanation contradicts his church's explanation.

:lol1:

Surely the Patriarch would never lie? :lol1:

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