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Russian memorial to Steve Jobs dismantled after Apple CEO comes out


MOSCOW — A Russian statue that pays tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been taken down in response to last week’s announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook that he is gay.

The six foot statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg was dismantled in part because it would be a violation of the country’s anti-gay laws.

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In a statement, ZEFS, which according to its website owns construction, advertising, and finance enterprises in St. Petersburg, described Cook’s revelation “a public call to sodomy.”

ZEFS said Monday it was taking down the statue because it violated Russia’s controversial law protecting minors from homosexual propaganda.

The law has been condemned by critics as a means of repressing sexual minorities in the country.

Apple declined to comment on the removal of the statue.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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