04/12/2011 03:53 pm ET Updated Jun 12, 2011

Oksana Balinskaya, Gaddafi's Ukrainian Nurse, Dishes On Her Employer's Habits

I was just 21 when I went to work for Muammar Gaddafi. Like the other young women he hired as nurses, I had grown up in Ukraine. I didn't speak a word of Arabic, didn't even know the difference between Lebanon and Libya. But "Papik," as we nicknamed him--it means "little father" in Russian--was always more than generous to us. I had everything I could dream of: a furnished two-bedroom apartment, a driver who appeared whenever I called. But my apartment was bugged, and my personal life was watched closely.

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