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Apple Asked to Cut Ties with Russian Phone Retailer Over Anti-Gay Creative Director


You may recall that last month we reported on popular Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, and his remarks to a cheering crowd in which he suggested that gays deserved to be burned alive in furnaces.

Tim_cookWell, Okhlobystin is the creative director of Euroset, the largest phone retailer in Europe, and a coalition of more than 15 Russian LGBT organizations have asked Apple to stop selling phones with Euroset, Mother Jones reports:

In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook dated January 5, the LGBT rights coalition emphasized the dangerous potential of hate speech in an already volatile environment: "[Okhlobystin's] statements have been enthusiastically published by the Kremlin's propaganda press and distributed across entire Russia just adding additional fuel to the rampant homophobic campaign that already resulted in at least 26 murders and countless hate crimes against Russian LGBT population [sic]."

The letter calls on Cook to "set Apple as an example of a corporate citizen who supports basic human rights."

Activists are turning to Western suppliers like Apple after getting little response from Okhlobystin's employer.

The coalition says it also plans to reach out to Google, Samsung, and other companies that do business with Euroset.

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  1. The largest phone retailer in Russia, not Europe.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 7, 2014 3:31:19 PM

  2. Maybe send this to that is one of Apples complaint lines.

    Posted by: gordon | Jan 7, 2014 3:37:02 PM

  3. I don't see how Russia can attract any talent to Skolkovo with this kind of political environment. Russia is dooming itself.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 7, 2014 3:41:47 PM

  4. Ex-priest, popular actor, AND a corporate big-wig?

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 7, 2014 3:53:24 PM

  5. Apple pass on profits? Hahahahahahaha.

    Posted by: Carmelo | Jan 7, 2014 4:02:08 PM

  6. What does a "creative director" create in a phone retailer company?

    Posted by: simon | Jan 7, 2014 4:03:33 PM

  7. Euroset is indeed the largest retailer of cell phones and accessories in Russia and Europe. I worked at Euroset for about 6 months when I lived in Russia. It was still under management and ownership of company's creator, Yevgeny Chichvarkin then (look him up, he's extravagant kind of a man). Thus totally different comapny with different motto. Today's Euroset is the opposite of Euroset of "the old days".

    Posted by: RESOFFLA | Jan 7, 2014 4:05:39 PM

  8. Maybe Apple will care about this at about the same time they start to care about the slave labor making their products. Gay CEO or no, money is money. The customers and stockholders are okay with it.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jan 7, 2014 4:24:58 PM

  9. Well this should be entertaining, either way.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 7, 2014 5:36:58 PM

  10. No, that's not a Celtic cross's some kind of Orthodox Cross.
    This guy's a tool.bigot.
    Just another ignorant fascist nationalist Russian pig and terrified of the homos.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 7, 2014 6:06:38 PM

  11. That's right Jack. And he's ugly, too.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 7, 2014 10:45:12 PM

  12. People calling for Apple to put their principles before their profits clearly failed to notice that Apple has no principles.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 8, 2014 2:42:19 AM

  13. And now he asks Putin to ban sodomy:

    It escalated quickly.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jan 8, 2014 3:33:55 AM

  14. Apple is a corporation.

    It cares ONLY about profit.

    Corporations are non-human entities that are incapable of caring about human rights.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 8, 2014 7:21:40 AM

  15. So many losers on here...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 8, 2014 11:27:53 AM

  16. Yes, Ankerich. A lot of us actually cares what happens to other people.

    Appalling, I know.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 8, 2014 12:38:49 PM

  17. Apple doesn't give a crap about Human Rights, they would probably pretend they didn't know what was happening even as this freak starts to build execution chambers.

    Putin is the next Hitler. He is following exactly what Hitler did in the 1930's and it would not surprise me to see Russia slide completely into fascism the moment the Sochi games are over.

    And all of our governments will be openly blamed for failing YET AGAIN to prevent a massacre.

    Posted by: BlokeToys | Jan 10, 2014 9:59:15 AM

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