Zealot: ‘Keep Apple chief out of Russia’
Vitaly Milonov, a St Petersburg city council member and fanatical follower of the Russian Orthodox Church, wants gay Apple CEO Tim Cook kept out of Russia.
What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? … Ban him for life.
Milonov is known internationally as the author of a citywide ban on public images and demonstrations that call attention to LGBT issues, which was later expanded by President Vladimir Putin into a countrywide “gay propaganda” law.
In the past, he has expressed his beliefs that Russians are the victims of hate crimes committed by gays, that gay people rape children, and that actor Stephen Fry is a “bringer of evil” for opposing Russia’s anti-gay laws.
A while back, the posturing twit, who has a portrait of Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill hanging in his office, said:
The church is the most important government institution, one that shapes the state. The church must not be in opposition to the state. It must nourish the authorities with its wisdom.
As a person who dares to call himself a Christian politician, I cannot be a hypocrite. I cannot be Christian at church, without being one at work, as well.
His “work” apparently includes breaking up gatherings he disapproves of. This time last year, he materialised at a Halloween celebration in St Petersburg to denounce the “Satanic” get-together which attracted ab estimated 1,000 people as a slap in the face of the Russian people.
He railed on Twitter:
Satanist freaks have organized a witches’ sabbath near an Orthodox cross and a monument to fallen soldiers.
According to this New York Times report, Tim Cook’s declaration on Thursday that “I’m proud to be gay” made him the first publicly gay chief executive of a Fortune 500 company.
But Mr Cook isn’t just any Chief Executive. And Apple isn’t any company. It’s one of the most profitable companies in the Fortune 500 and ranks No. 1 on the magazine’s annual ranking of the most admired companies.
Apple had been attempting to broaden its sales in Russia, where its products, including the popular smartphone iPhone, are too expensive for the vast majority of the population, reports Bloomberg. The company currently holds eight percent of the country’s smartphone market, and the economic consequences of Cook’s revelation remain to be seen.
Cook wrote in a Bloomberg Businessweek op-ed:
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.