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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:35 PM

Bad photo-shopping used to coverup expensive watch worn by religious leader (reflection remained)

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


A Breguet watch on Patriarch Kirill I, left, vanished in a doctored photo, but its reflection on the table remained. The Russian Orthodox Church Web site later restored it.

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/world/europe/in-russia-a-watch-vanishes-up-orthodox-leaders-sleeve.html

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Reply Bad photo-shopping used to coverup expensive watch worn by religious leader (reflection remained) (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2012 OP
tridim Apr 2012 #1
Brickbat Apr 2012 #2
eppur_se_muova Apr 2012 #3
Brickbat Apr 2012 #4
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2012 #11
dimbear Apr 2012 #5
Vehl Apr 2012 #6
Warren DeMontague Apr 2012 #7
Angry Dragon Apr 2012 #8
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2012 #10
Ikonoklast Apr 2012 #12
Warren DeMontague Apr 2012 #13
DefenseLawyer Apr 2012 #19
demosincebirth Apr 2012 #9
GReedDiamond Apr 2012 #17
Initech Apr 2012 #18
joshcryer Apr 2012 #14
timesup Apr 2012 #15
Ikonoklast Apr 2012 #16

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:40 PM

1. They must have learned from George Costanza's short tenure.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:46 PM

2. Seems to me the Orthodox church has been dealing with this for awhile...



Tea Drinking in Mytishchi, Near Moscow, 1862

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:57 PM

3. Holy crap, that is one subversive painting ! nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:02 PM

4. I forgot to the put the artist's name in there, too -- Perov.

He was a member of the Передвижники, the Wanderers, who left the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg in the early 1860s and rejected much of its conservative teaching about art and the philosophy of art. They had a populist bent and wanted to bring art appreciation to as many people as they could. Some see them as the very early roots of socialist realism.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:16 PM

11. it certainly is!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:08 PM

5. Needs a refresher on Russian history and how Czar Nicholas II ended upside down in a well.

The peasants are revolting, my friends.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:20 PM

6. good one.

Religious heads who claim to speak on behalf of other humans have almost always been corrupt and evil. This is a common story found throughout the world.

Good catch.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:33 PM

7. And yet, they didn't think to photoshop out the hat.

I bet with a hat like that, they give you a free bowl of soup.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:12 PM

8. I am sure Jesus wore a hat like that

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:14 PM

10. it is a mighty fine hat

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:29 PM

12. Huge props for the "Caddyshack" reference.

My Dad blew soda out his nose when Rodney Dangerfield said that line.


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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:08 AM

13. Love that movie.

RIP Rodney Dangerfield, that's all I can say.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:11 AM

19. Looks good on you though! n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:04 PM

9. It could be a Timex. Who can tell?

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:04 AM

17. Timex - It Takes a Licking...

...and Keeps on Ticking!

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 01:04 AM

18. It could have been one of those Casios with the built in calculator - who can tell?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:24 AM

14. Haha, this is awesome.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:33 AM

15. Wake up

The Vatican has an obscene amount of $, so this is trickle down economics?

I never wore that watch, that wasn't me, I am not here right now: All very believable.

Paying 30G's for a watch? Stupid.



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Response to timesup (Reply #15)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 12:41 AM

16. Not a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Members of the Russian Orthodox Church falls under the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Moscow.

Second largest Christian sect after the RCC.

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