1. Dissidents

    Ai Weiwei Faces $2M in Fines, Taxes

    Activist artist Ai Weiwei gestures while speaking to journalists gathered outside his home in Beijing, China, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Ai, the most high-profile target of a sweeping crackdown on activists in China, has returned home late Wednesday after nearly three months in detention. The official Xinhua News Agency said Ai confessed to tax evasion, accusations his family had long denied and which activists had denounced as a false premise for detaining him. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Ng Han Guan

    Ai Weiwei’s troubles aren’t over yet: After holding him in prison for three months, Chinese authorities are now seeking nearly $2 million in fines and unpaid taxes from the artist, according to his mother. She says two tax bureau officials visited him Monday, seeking $770,000 in back taxes from his company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., and another $1.1 million in fines. Ai refused to pay and demanded that his accountant—who is still being held, along with two other members of his staff—be released to assist him. Ai confirmed to The New York Times that there was a disagreement over the figure, but refused to elaborate.

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