Gadhafi's nurse back home in Ukraine, shuns media
Galyna Kolotnytska (center) was photographed outside her apartment in Brovary, Ukraine, on Sunday.
February 28th, 2011
11:10 PM ET

Gadhafi's nurse back home in Ukraine, shuns media

A Ukrainian nurse whose employment by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was famously described in a leaked diplomatic cable is trying to avoid the media's glare upon her departure from the North African nation.

Galyna Kolotnytska, who returned to Ukraine over the weekend amid the uprising in Libya, spent Sunday and Monday at her apartment in Brovary, about 15 miles east of Ukraine's capital, Kiev. Footage from Russian TV channels on Monday showed reporters gathered outside, trying but failing to get her to talk to them.

CNN also has attempted to reach her, but her daughter said Kolotnytska is not speaking to reporters.

Kolotnytska gained notoriety in November after WikiLeaks released a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli describing Gadhafi's almost obsessive reliance on her.

The cable, under the subject line "A glimpse into Libyan leader [Moammar Gadhafi's] eccentricities," described Kolotnytska as a 38-year-old "voluptuous blonde." It discussed the lengths the Libyan leader would go to ensure that Kolotnytska traveled with him, saying that only she "knows his routine," and it also touched on rumors of a romantic relationship.

According to Ukraine’s Channel 5, Kolotnytska arrived in Kiev on Sunday morning on a plane that evacuated more than 100 Ukrainians from Libya's capital, Tripoli. Relatives met her at the Kiev airport and took her Brovary.

Russian TV footage showed she briefly stepped out of the apartment on Monday but refused to speak to reporters.

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  1. Jaded

    Charlie Sheen for president of Libya! *will bring his own voluptuous blonds*

    March 1, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Smart a$$

    Gadaffi to finish out season on 2 & 1/2 men. Voluptuous blond nurse asking for 3 million/"episode".

    March 1, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jeff

    She must have been paid pretty well(somehow)for her to have stayed as long as she did. But, he's not really that handsome, so I don't see why the attraction...

    March 1, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cesar

    I bet that the right-wing thugs in Washington are quite happy with this story.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RUFFNUTT

      Quite true,Cesar. Those bozoes in Washington are going to milk it for what it's worth!

      March 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. reva

    http://www.thenational.ae/

    March 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. reva
    March 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Cesar

    Shut up Cesar. You sound ridicules. Right wing thugs my bu/tt.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mohamad

    Cesar pls answer the posts on N Africa

    March 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Name

    You can always tell the fake Cesar because he always talks about the right wing thugs in Washington. And you can always tell the fake RUFFNUTT because he always agrees with Cesar (himself) and talks about how they're milking it for all it's worth. They are both milking our patience, but kids WILL be kids.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim Brieske

      Thank you, Phunnie boy. We'll all be aware of that from now on. One problem however,I don't like the right-wing thugs in Washington either!

      March 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
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