Apple Mommunemt Taken Down in St. Petersburg

A Russian monument dedicated to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was taken down this Friday after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced he was gay. The monument is shaped like an over-sized iPhone and was put up in 2013 in the courtyard of the St. Petersburg University Campus.

The man responsible for putting up the memorial is Maxim Dolgopolov. He is head the of Western European Financial Union (ZEFS) and spoke of Tim Cook’s revelations in Bloomberg BusinessWeek article. Later, he went the website of a Russian radio station, Ehko Moskva, to explain why the memorial was taken down.

“Russian legislation prohibits propaganda of homosexuality and other sexual perversions among the minors. After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was dismantled pursuant to Russian federal law on the protection of children from information that promotes the denial of traditional family values.”

In 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin put a federal law in place which bands “the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors”. Putin has stated that this law is non-discriminatory and only put in place to keep children safe.

The ZEFS Company, also states that the momentum was taken down because of Apples involvement in spying activities; leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who currently resides in Russia.

At the time, the monument wasn’t installed and St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region complained that the monument looked phallic and that the face of Jobs “will scare children and students.”

Vitaly Milonov, an prominent conservative lawmaker banned Tom Cook from traveling to the country on the suspicion that he has diseases like, Ebola, Gonorrhea and AIDS.


Photo via Reuters

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