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Reports: Chinese Artist Ordered to Pay nearly $2 Million in Back Taxes

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A close friend of celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says the artist-activist, who was released by police last week after nearly three months in confinement, has been ordered to pay nearly $2 million in back taxes and fines. Chinese authorities said Ai confessed to tax evasion. But his family denies he evaded any taxes and […]

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Ai Weiwei’s Movements Restricted for One Year

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Celebrated artist Ai Weiwei is at home on bail after almost three months in Chinese detention, but officials say his movements will be restricted for one year. At a foreign ministry briefing Thursday, spokesman Hong Lei said the investigation of the 54-year activist will remain open during that time. He said Ai remains confined to […]

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Ai Weiwei, Home on Probation, Declines All Interviews

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Celebrated artist Ai Weiwei is at home on probation after almost three months in Chinese detention, but says he cannot discuss his case. The outspoken 54-year-old activist offered apologies to reporters and television crews who gathered outside his suburban Beijing studio following his release Wednesday. Ai said he is in good health and happy to […]

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China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China has freed internationally known artist and dissident Ai Weiwei after nearly three months in detention. The official Xinhua news agency says he was freed after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from a chronic illness. But Ai told British television that his health is fine. The conditions of his release forbids him […]

China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say internationally known artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has been freed after nearly three months in detention. Xinhua news agency says he was released after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from a chronic illness. Ai, whose works have been exhibited all over the world, was taken into detention in […]

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