STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–Nagorno-Karabakh prime minister Ara Harutunian revealed during a visit to the town of Shushi Thursday that next year’s budget allocates some 800 million drams for the revival and reconstruction of Shushi, 500 million drams more than the 2007 budget.
Shushi, 11 kilometers from Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, has a population of 3,500. Most face intense social hardships due to widespread unemployment.
At present, there are two secondary schools, one musical school and two kindergartens as well as a museum, an art gallery and a drama theater – all half ruined.
The picture was quite different in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Shushi was a center of culture and arts. It had the Armenian Spiritual Diocesan School, St. Mary’s school for girls, Realakan College, and the cities boys school.
The town also had three state schools with about 200 pupils of mainly Armenian descent. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, private and two parish schools were also operated by district churches.
Shushi also had a developed printing business, publishing about 20 newspapers.