On May 9, 1992, the legendary town of Shushi was captured by Armenian forces during the Nagorno Karabagh war with Azerbaijan. It was a pivotal moment in the war as the Armenians appeared unbeatable in their quest for maintaining an already declared free and independent Nagorno Karabagh state. The capture of Shushi was largely made possible by armed battalions provided by the ARF-Dashnaktsutiun, and the victory was amongst the greatest achievements of the organization, perhaps second to the foundation of the first Armenian republic of 1919-1921. Read more about the Battle of Shushi here
A couple of years ago the roads and sidewalks in the town itself were completely repaired, but as of last summer the thoroughfares actually leading into Shushi from the north and south were still partially destroyed, in other words practically not drivable. Although I believe the town has great potential and is fairly attractive, little investment has been made to boost it economically and as a result, less than 5,000 people are left, down from 17,000 in 1989, of which approximately 98 percent were Azeri, according to Wikipedia
. In other words, Armenians barely bothered to populate the city after the war's ceasefire, and bombed-out apartment buildings where Azeris once lived remain.
There is an excellent photo story about May 9 on Hetq Online
. The photo above is taken from there, © Hakob Poghosyan.