>El Dentista


Yikes, I had a cavity. Yesterday I went to see Khassan so he could suggest a dentist. He brought me to his friend.
He introduced me to Khedi – she is a dentist at the same hospital she works at. I booked an appointment and went to see her today.
Khedi and I
I had Yusup come so we could do this week’s Q&A with Khedi.
and..of course, Yusup was being – himself – hahaha..
My cavity was deeper than the dentist thought – that meant more shots of Novocaine and pain medicine.
I am looking at Artur while he translates that I need more shots. I am exhausted now….but it was necessary to get the cavity fixed.
I was supposed to have editing tonight – but the schedule got changed. Bekhan my editor Bluetoothed me a photo of us from last summer.
Me and Beks
Since there was no editing – I went to Pizza House with my friend to eat.
It was packed – as ususal.
I ordered a small meat pizza.
Now I am back at home. I have a toothache and I am going to sleep.

Today I decided to Google myself….

I Googled my name today and found some really funny articles about me.


It makes me wonder if any news articles published are true when I read insanity like this:

Tjetjeniens största modebloggare

Chechnya’s largest fashion blogger

Skrivet av Martin Aagård Anmäl ! Written by Martin Aagard Report!

Chrystal Callahan möter "Ramzan patriotic club" Säg att du är en diktator uppbackad av en före detta supermakt som håller din krigshärjade bergsprovins i schack med lönnmord och tortyr samtidigt som du försöker bekämpa islamistisk terrorism som stöds av Al Qaida.

Say you are a dictator backed by a former superpower that holds your war-ravaged mountainous province of chess with assassinations and torture while you are trying to combat Islamist terrorism sponsored by Al Qaeda.

Hur gör du för att bevisa för dina landsmän och omvärlden att du är en ledare som står för stabilitet och framsteg?

How do you do to prove to your countrymen and the world that you are a leader who stands for stability and progress?

Lätt – du anställer en modebloggare.

Easy – you hire a fashion blogger.

Traditionellt brukar diktatorer i centralasien resa 50 meter höga guldstatyer över sig själva som roterar efter solens gång (exemplet Turkmenistan ) för att bevisa samma sak, men den Moskvatrogne presidenten i Tjetjenien, Ramzan Kadyrov är en modern man.

Traditionally dictators in Central Asia trip 50-meter high gold statues of themselves as the sun rotates once (example Turkmenistan) to prove the same thing, but the faithful Moscow president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov is a modern man.

Traditionally dictators in Central Asia trip 50-meter high gold statues of themselves as the sun rotates once (example Turkmenistan) to prove the same thing, but the faithful Moscow president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov is a modern man.

Sen ett tag tillbaka sänder den kanadensiska modellen Chrystal Callahan programmet Highlights of the week with Chrystal Callahan på det regimtrogna Grozny tv.
Then a while back sending the Canadian model Chrystal Callahan Program Highlights of the week with Chrystal Callahan on the regime loyal to Grozny television.
Inslag om designerkläder och skönhet varvas med folkmusik och hyllningar av Kadyrov .

Feature on designer clothes and beauty interspersed with folk music and tributes to Kadyrov.

Callahan provar huvuddukar från Pierre Cardin och bildbloggar på ” Grozny gossip “.

Callahan try headscarves from Pierre Cardin and video blogs on “Grozny gossip”.

I en intervju på chechnyatoday.com berättar hon att tjetjeniens press- och informationsminister gav henne jobbet och att omvärlden inte har en aning om att det finns restauranger och underhållning i Tjetjenien. Det är hennes uppgift att visa det.

In an interview on chechnyatoday.com she says that Chechnya’s press and information minister gave her the job and the outside world has no idea that there are restaurants and entertainment in Chechnya. It is her task to show it.

Att Ramzan Kadyrov profilerar Tjetjenien med mode är väl inte konstigare än att svenska institutet torgför ”det svenska modeundret” utomlands.
That Ramzan Kadyrov Chechnya profiles with fashion’s not stranger than Swedish Institute torgför “the Swedish fashion miracle” abroad.
Men att mode blivit ett så effektivt propagandavapen att det till och med används i världens farligaste konfliktzon är läskigt, med tanke på den extrema modebloggtätheten i Sverige.

But that fashion has become the most effective propaganda weapon that is even used in the world’s most dangerous konfliktzon is scary, given the extreme fashion blogg density in Sweden.

Nedrusta nu!

Disarm now!

What in the world? Am I a fashion blogger? I don’t even know what that means – hahahaha. I hardly write about fashion…maybe because I was a model? I don’t get it.
There was another article, just as strange as the one above. Check it out:

Fashion Blogging – An Answer to all Problems

Posted in Digital on February 11th, 2010 by Admin

US First Lady Michelle Obama is on the pages of Vogue covers and Carla Bruni Sarkozy’s outfits are talked about as if they are next year’s state budget. For those early adopters growing a bit tired of such pointlessness the Chechen minister of press and information is taking fashion and politics combo to a new level.

A few months Canadian former catwalk model Chrystal Callahan was hired to blog on Grozny Gossip and lighthearted topics in general are mixed with tributes to Chechnya’s president Kadyrov, infamous for controlling his war-torn country and subjects with murder and torture. Callahan, and her employers, state the purpose of the blog and 20-minute show to be a mirror of the beautiful side of Chechen everyday life avoiding the more obvious darker side of Chechen life.

This cocktail of fashion, propaganda and social media makes you wonder of you underestimated the importance and impact of fashion after all? Or maybe one-dimensional propaganda never went out of fashion? Lately fashion bloggers are said to be responsible of the democratization of the fashion industry, but that might just be old news. Maybe the early adopting fashion bloggers are going over to the other side…


I wonder why people keep calling me a fashion blogger? I suppose I’ve been called worse. Hahahhaha.
What strange articles. Why would I be hired to write a fashion blog for Chechnya ?
Oh well, people have to have something to talk about if nothing else is happening in their lives.
Today I shot the best episode for the show with Artur. We went to Grozny airport and filmed a scenario sitting in the cockpit! We pretended that we were going to fly the plane to Moscow ( of course it was just pretend , but it will look cool on the show ) .

It is raining so hard here today. I am going to relax and watch….you guessed it – OZ!!! I think I only have 3 episodes left to watch in the season 5. I only realized today that there are 6 seasons of OZ ( I only have seasons 1-5) and I have something to look forward to – season 6!!!! How awesome.I am going to mandarins, chaipulgash and drink green tea, then fall asleep by 8pm tonight.

Oh! I forgot, I went out with Khassan Baiev yesterday. There was a Bulgarian film crew here filming him for a documentary and they wanted to interview me .
Here are some pics from dinner:

>" Дицлур Дац " my first Chechen music video


Well, I did it.
I feel relieved that this video is complete. I put it on Youtube last night. It premiers on Grozny TV today.
Said-Sellim the President of the TV station has not seen it yet.
above photo:ME AND SAID-SELLIM ( he’s the President of Grozny TV )Hahahhaha. It is yet another surprise for my employers, including Shamsail.

I am so happy this season is over. I am exhausted and have bags under my eyes. I look like I am 100 years old. I am taking 3 weeks off and going home. Yeah!!! However…this is a working trip. I have to make a special report for Grozny TV while I am away.
My reminder just went off on my phone. My friend Khassan Baiev is arriving in Moscow today! Hooray!!!!!! I am so happy he is coming back to Chechnya. He will stay for 4 months. He is one of the most AMAZING people I have ever met. I can’t believe that a person like him exists. After I read, Grief of My Heart: Memoirs of a Chechen Surgeon , I felt that I never should complain about ANYTHING ever again. Everyone should read this book.
Today I am supposed to be packing, however….I hate packing. I always put this off until the last possible minute – then I have a meltdown because I am completely overwhelmed and start crying. My family has seen this many times. Instead of packing, I am going to my friends house ( my family in Chechnya ) in Chernorechie and I am spending the night. I haven’t seen them in 1 month. These are actually the closest people to me here in Chechnya.
Here is me and my friend Fatima:
One time I stayed over in Chernorechie in the summer. There were so many mosquitos out at the time, I could hardly sleep. Eventually I fell asleep and had to get up early to get back to the city and meet Shamsail in his office. I woke up and my eye was completely swollen shut. A mosquito totally attacked my eye ….and here is what it looked like:

Fortunately for me, Fatima is real ДИК ЗУД and she had some ointment. I went to visit Shamsail and looked normal….well -kind of normal…..and BTW – this is the day I got hired for Grozny TV.
OK, I am going to take a shower and go to the village. Fatima is making khingalsh and manti for me. My favourite food!!!!!!! I will take photos.