A six-foot-tall memorial in St.
Petersburg, Russia celebrating the accomplishments of former Apple
CEO Steve Jobs has reportedly been torn down.
According to Russian media reports, the
giant interactive iPhone was removed in response to current Apple CEO
Tim Cook's recent announcement that he is “proud to be gay.”
Cook: Being gay “among the greatest gifts God has given me.”)
reports that the memorial has stood in the yard of a St.
Petersburg technical university since January 2013.
The memorial's touch screen doled out
biographical information about Jobs' accomplishments. The monument
also took photos and emitted free wi-fi.
The memorial was commissioned by the
West European Financial Union, whose director, Maksim Dolgopolov,
said in a press release that the memorial violated the nation's law
prohibiting “gay propaganda” to minors. Dolgopolov said that he
is considering replacing the monument with one that encourages people
not to use Apple products.