Cultural Genocide

  • by Western Armenia, April 15, 2024 in Culture

After 2020, the city of Shushi is at the core of Baku's policy of destroying Armenian historical and cultural traces in the occupied territories of Artsakh.

It should be noted that this policy started back in the Soviet years, in the 1960s, when the history of the city of Shushi began to be "edited", as a result of which it began to be presented in the scientific and popular literature dedicated to the city as a purely azerbaijani city, gradually reducing the Armenian cultural and historical heritage. mentions of, and then, also, generally keeping silent about them.In 2022, the Baku government allocated funds for the restoration of the former real school building in the occupied city of Shushi. Ilham Aliyev, who visited Shush in May 2023, got acquainted with the project of restoration of the building.There is a fear that during the restoration works, the inscription on the main facade about Grigor Arakelyan, the constructor  of the building, may be deliberately erased.

Official Baku is working in the direction to finally erase all traces of Shushi's Armenianness, which is clearly evidenced by the "restoration" of two churches, symbols of the city: Ghazanchetsots Cathedral and Green Hour, the final destruction of Armenian historical cemeteries, etc. It should also be noted that the real school of the city of Shushi was founded in 1881.Students from these schools could enter higher education institutions after graduation. This was a school with state status, where teaching was conducted in Russian.

Initially, the activities of the school were organized in the house of Movses Bey, a rich man from Shushet, and then, by the decision of the Viceroy of the Caucasus, in a small building built in the Armenian district.