Gaddafi's 'voluptuous' nurse stays silent

2011-02-28 12:32

Brovary - The Ukrainian nurse who allegedly was a vital part of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's daily routine stayed silent on Monday after returning home from nine years away working in Libya.

Galyna Kolotnytska, who US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks said was so important to Gaddafi he could not travel without her, appeared not to be shifting from a ground floor apartment in the suburb of Brovary outside Kiev.

Several journalists were surrounding the 1960s apartment block, creating a rare hive of activity in the otherwise dull suburb 30km from Kiev as they hoped to catch sight of the nurse described as a "voluptuous blonde".

The modest apartment is the home of her mother Iryna as well as her young adult daughter Tetyana.

"Please understand, mum is so tired right now. Let her have some rest," Tetyana told waiting reporters, including an AFP correspondent, hinting that her mother may be prepared to speak out at a later date.

Kolotnytska arrived in Kiev in the early hours of Sunday by plane, along with other Ukrainians who were evacuated from the unrest in Libya, and was immediately hurried by relatives into a car and taken home.

Ukrainian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda on Monday said it had managed to speak to her mother Iryna, who after telling its reporter to "go to hell" also said Galyna had no intention of returning to Libya.

"You have slandered and tarnished the reputation of my daughter by saying that she was some kind of lover of Gaddafi. I'll just tell you one thing: Galya will not return to Libya again!"

Kolotnytska left Ukraine for Libya nine years ago. She initially worked as a nurse in a hospital and became Gaddafi’s nurse later.

Good salaries meant that Libya became a popular destination for Ukrainian medical workers during the 1990s and before the current unrest hundreds of Ukrainian nurses and doctors were working in the country.

The diplomatic cables, which were sent by diplomats in Tripoli to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009, reveal that Gaddafi was almost always accompanied by Kolotnytska.

Gaddafi "relies heavily on his long-time Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska, who has been described as a 'voluptuous blonde'," said one dispatch.

  • Sisie - 2011-02-28 12:38

    Nurse with benefits! Plus you get paid! Wow!!

  • Maria - 2011-02-28 12:39

    I bet she will have some voluptuous stories to tell!!

  • Nice Guy - 2011-02-28 13:07

    She's meant to give the injections but seems like Gaddafi has given her a few injections of his own. No wonder she's slient. Can't talk with your mouth full

      Madelane - 2011-02-28 13:47

      You have the wrong name posted....Nice Guy it is not!!

  • Molyone - 2011-02-28 13:17

    Gadaffi is the idiot here - not his nurse Let her be man !!

  • Molyone - 2011-02-28 13:22

    Gadaffi is the idiot here - Not his nurse Let her be man !!!

  • JustinD - 2011-02-28 13:45

    Voluptuous opposed to fat.

  • CynicBelieve - 2011-02-28 14:54

    Confucious once said..."man must be patient to get sexy nurse"

  • Etuk - 2011-02-28 17:50

    its about time that world began to abandon this tyrant.if the nurse who he could travel without her company can leave him, it mean the end is near.the Berlin wall fell,Russia became divided,Mubarak of Egypt was pushed out by the people.its time for Gaddafi to be thrown out of Libya

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