A Russian man has filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court against Apple Russia in which he demands that the company pay him one million rubles (15.330 dollars) in compensation for the moral damage caused by leading him to homosexuality.
Apparently, the man, identified in the lawsuit as D.E. Razumilov, installed a long time ago an application for cryptocurrency transactions from the AppStore on his iPhone. This summer, some “unknown men” delivered 69 GayCoins rather than the Bitcoins he had ordered, accompanying the transaction with the message in English: “Don’t judge until you try”.
The Presnensky District Court has admitted the lawsuit for “inciting homosexuality.” The case is being prepared for a preliminary hearing this month, according to court data.
The complaint, details that Razumilov demands the Apple subsidiary for one million rubles in compensation for immaterial damages. In his opinion, the company pushed him “in a manipulative way” to what in Russia is called a “non-traditional sexual orientation”, something that caused him “moral suffering and mental damage.”
“I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships,” the complainant wrote. “Now I have a boyfriend and I do not know how to explain this to my parents… my life has been changed for the worse and will never become normal again,” he added.
“Apple pushed me towards homosexuality through manipulation. The changes have caused me moral and mental harm.”
According to Russian media, the app does not belong to Apple. The company that created it, Waves Platform, is an organization founded in 2016 by a Ukrainian citizen, Alexander Ivanov.
It is not the first time that technology companies are involved in picturesque lawsuits after being blamed for personal problems in Russia. In May 2016, a Moscow court refused to satisfy the claim of the Moscow businessman Roman Maslenikov against the Yandex search engine (considered the Russian Google), in which he blamed the company for his baldness due to the negative news he spreads. He also demanded compensation of 14,000 euros.