The actions of a Russian woman, Yekaterina Ustyuzhaninova, sparked an attack by Libyans against the Russian Embassy in Tripoli last week, leading Moscow to evacuate diplomats and their families for their own safety. The attacks occurred after the alleged killing of a Libyan Air Force pilot and his mother by Ustyuzhaninova.
Ustyuzhaninova has been described as a “groupie” of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. She has praised Qaddafi in social media and on the internet, using the pen name Katya Cyaegha. Ustyuzhaninova, a weightlifter, offered to perform in international weightlifting competitions on behalf of Libya.