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Is Banksy Headed To Russia Just In Time For The Olympics?

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An announcement from the Voice of Russia suggests British street artist Banksy is headed to Moscow. However, some are questioning details of the report. This picture from October 2013 shows street art completed by the infamous incognito artist, who was on a month-long residency on the streets of New York. | Gallo Images via Getty Images

Incognito street artist Banksy is rumored to be making his next “appearance” in Russia’s capital.

Word of the visit spread on Jan. 10 after the Russian government’s radio broadcasting service Voice of Russia promoted Banksy's alleged exhibit at the Manezh Exhibition Center in Moscow. But some aren't so sure the details are legit.

“Since the announcement is not on Banksy’s official site, but on a government-controlled outlet via source with highly questionable cred — this 'exhibition' is either an unauthorized display of 130 'acquired' objects or a complete [bulls**t] rumor,” Animal New York wrote in response to the alleged exhibit.

The Voice Of Russia’s only source was Vitaly Borisov, founder of street-art group Letscolors, who upheld the exhibit as one of the country’s biggest art events to date.

“I think it will be one of the largest cultural events in Russia and I’m sure that plenty of people not only from Moscow, but from other cities and countries will come to see this exhibition,” Borisov told the outlet.

If the rumor is true, Banksy's show could fall just in time for next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Off the heels of his month-long New York City residency, Banksy was rumored to have started a similar street art campaign in Paris in December. However, the Twittersphere soon erupted with accusations that his alleged visit to France was all a hoax.

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