Ai Weiwei Faces $2M in Fines, Taxes

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.