In this photograph, taken in 2009, Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, is wearing a Breguet watch worth more than 22,000 euros. The watch had mysteriously disappeared from the photo when the Church re-published it in April. Well, it didn’t entirely disappear – its reflection is still clearly visible on the table.
This botched photo-editing job created quite a scandal in Russia, so much so that the Patriarch’s office issued an apology. The statement explained that there had been a mistake, and that an investigation would determine who was responsible for erasing the watch.