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Monument To Apple's Jobs Removed In Russia After CEO Comes Out

This St. Petersburg monument to the late Steve Jobs has reportedly been taken down.

Russian media reports say a big mock iPhone meant as a monument to the late former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been taken down in St. Petersburg after his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay.

The monument, with an interactive screen displaying information about Jobs, was reportedly put up on the grounds of an IT university in January 2013 on the initiative of a Russian company called Western European Financial Union.

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Russian Radio station Biznes-FM cited the company's chief, Maksim Dolgopolov, as saying he had it removed in part to comply with a law banning the spread of "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" among minors.

After Cook came out as gay in an essay published on October 30, prominent St. Petersburg antigay activist Vitaly Milonov was quoted as saying Cook should be banned from Russia because he could bring AIDS, Ebola, or gonorrhea into the country.

Based on reporting by Biznes-FM and