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Call for Apple CEO Tim Cook to be banned from Russia after saying he is gay

A Russian politician has said Apple chief executive Tim Cook should be banned from the country after he publicly came as gay.. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A Russian politician has said Apple chief executive Tim Cook should be banned from the country after he publicly came as gay.

Vitaly Milonov, who was responsible for the country's "gay propaganda" law, told news agency Flashnord, "What can he bring us? The Ebola virus, Aids, gonorrhea?"

The St. Petersburg city council member went on to claim that gay people are "all promiscuous" and urged "ban him forever".

St. Petersburg city council member Vitaly Milonov was responsible for Russia's 'gay propaganda' law. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Cook publicly came out in an article he wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek, saying, "I'm proud to be gay".

Milonov accused Cook of making "a shrewd political move," claiming that saying he was gay "improves [Apple's] sales".