- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Russian company that erected a Steve Jobs monument in St. Petersburg have dismantled it “pursuant to Russian federal law” after Apple CEO Time Cook came out as gay last week.

The 6-foot iPhone statue, by ZEFS, was located at ITMO University in St. Petersburg until it was removed Friday.

“Russian legislation prohibits propaganda of homosexuality and other sexual perversions among minors,” ZEFS wrote in a statement, The Washington Post reported. “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.”

ZEFS also cited Apple’s participation in U.S. spying activities, urging users to replace their Apple products with other brands, so as not to expose themselves to undue surveillance, The Post reported.

Another statement from the university, however, said the decision to remove the statue was made before Mr. Cook came out.

“There’s an official letter from ZEFS saying they’re dismantling it for renovation,” a spokesman for the university told Russia’s TASS news agency, ABC News reported.

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