Log in
updated 10:00 PM CST, Dec 18, 2014

  • Published in Asia Pacific

Based on the reflection in the table, it is clear a watch on Patriarch Kirill's wrist was photoshoppedout of the image.

The Russian Orthodox Church issued an official apology for digitally removing a luxury watch from an image of Patriarch Kirill.

He was pictured in a meeting with Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov.

The original photo, dated July 3, 2009, showed Kirill, 65, wearing the expensive watch, according to the BBC. In the edited version, which appeared this month, the Patriarch is seen without the watch.

The deception might have gone unnoticed if not for one slight oversight: the reflection of the watch in the polished, shiny tabletop.

The attempt didn't fool bloggers, who latched on, prompting the church to issue an official apology.

The original image of Patriarch Kirill, released in July 2009, showing a watch that was later photoshopped out of the image.

"There will be a thorough investigation to determine why in this instance there was a crude violation of our internal ethical code," the patriarch's press team said in a statement. "The guilty ones will be punished severely."

The watch was a gold Breguet, with an estimated value of more than $30,000, the BBC reported.

The patriarch's press service responded, saying, "The person simply showed stupid initiative, not justified by anything and not agreed with superiors. It is clear that it is a mistake. We do not want to hide anything, we have nothing to be ashamed of," according to the Moscow News.

The Moscow News also said that Vsevolod Chaplin, the church's head spokesman, told the Russian blog Slon.ru, "I do not care what watch he has; moreover, I do not remember what watch I have on my wrist, I would have to look. I am not interested in this side of life."

Middle-East

EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror…

December 18,2014 Hits:26 Middle East Anthony Claret - avatar Anthony Claret

The Palestinian Islamist group, Hamas, should be removed from the European Union’s terrorist list, an...

Read more

Europe

Photo:Nigerian graduate who held up job sign at train station gets his dream job

Photo:Nigerian graduate who held up job sign at train…

September 9,2014 Hits:165 Europe  - avatar

Remember Alfred Ajani,the 22 year old Nigerian graduate who held up sign advertising himself at...

Read more

Asia Pacific

Photos: Policeman caught having sex with married woman, beaten,frogmarched by hubby

Photos: Policeman caught having sex with married woman, beaten,frogmarched…

November 13,2014 Hits:101 Asia Pacific Codewit Support - avatar Codewit Support

A cheating police officer caught having sex in his car with a married woman while...

Read more
Home Nigeria Sports and Games Nollywood Op Ed Business Religion My Profile Corporate info
Headlines Africa African Cup Celebrity Boko Haram Economics Politics Register Mission
Multimedia US World Cup Big Brother Africa Niger Delta Markets Sci & Envionment User Directory Philosophy
Sitemap Europe Olympics Reality Shows Biafra Education Law and Order Guidelines Work for us
Reports Middle East Weird Society Investigation Health Technology Submit Article Media Release
Help Asia Pacific Humour Lifestyle Stories Relationships Culture Awards Contact us

 

4°C

Helsinki

Light Rain

Humidity: 93%

Wind: 16.09 km/h

  • 19 Dec 2014 4°C 2°C
  • 20 Dec 2014 2°C -1°C