The memorial to Apple’s previous CEO and founder Steve Jobs, has been dismantled following the news that Tim Cook announced he was gay.
The statue, which was in the shape of an iPhone, was first erected in the Russian city of St Petersburg in 2013 by a Russian group of companies called ZEFS.
However, ZEFS said in statement that there was a need to abide by a law combating ‘gay propaganda’, and the statue was then removed Friday November 31st, the day after Tim Cook, Apple’s current CEO, announced his sexuality.
Reuters reports that ZEFS said: "In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law.
"After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values."
The memorial was erected in an area that had direct access to young students, which was the main factor for removing the statue.
Russian media companies have also reported that Vitaly Milonov, a St Petersburg legislator who has campaigned against gay rights, has called for Tim Cook to be barred entrance from Russia.
Tim Cook decided to announce his sexuality last week in a bid to help move forward civil rights.
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