Russia has demanded an investigation into Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's violent death, while politicians of various stripes have described Gadhafi as a hero and his government as an "exemplary model" destroyed by the United States.
At the United Nations, Russia called for an end to a no-fly zone over Libya that allowed NATO forces to weaken Gadhafi — and possibly play a direct role in his death.
Mystery shrouds Gadhafi's death in his hometown of Sirte, but autopsy results showed Sunday that he had died of a bullet wound to the head. It was unclear whether he suffered the fatal injury before or after his capture by anti-Gadhafi soldiers on Thursday. Channel One state television showed gruesome footage of a captured Gadhafi covered in blood and crying, "Have mercy" in Arabic, on its 9 p.m. news on Friday.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the circumstances surrounding Gadhafi's death raised a number of questions that required an investigation.