President Raul Khadzhimba had a meeting with Benur Shinkuba, son of an outstanding Abkhazian writer Bagrat Shinkuba.
Participating in the meeting were the Deputy Minister for Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage Batal Kobakhia, Adviser to the President Vladimir Zantaria and Head of the Administration of the Ochamchira District Khrips Djopua.
The issue of restoring the house museum of Bagrat Shinkuba in his native village Chlou has been discussed.
Raul Khadzhimba stressed that the state will give all the necessary funds to preserve the house museum. “Bagrat Shinkuba’s cultural heritage is very valuable to us. We will make every effort to make this place a cultural centre that would attract the readers of his works”, - said the President.
The Head of State noted that after the necessary works have been conducted, this place has to be included in the tourist guides, so that all visitors of Abkhazia would have a chance to visit it.
Deputy Minister for Culture and the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage Batal Kobakhia remarked that it is necessary to determine the status of the house museum and its legal forms of organisation.
Head of the Administration of the Ochamchira District Khrips Djopua also stressed the importance of restoring this cultural site, in particular for attracting tourists to the Ochamchira District. “There are many tourists, who are interested in Abkhazian literature, and they would like to visit the house museum of a great writer. The villages of Chlou and Kutol are home to so many outstanding representatives of Abkhazian literature. This is why I think that in the future, it is important to build another cultural object in one of them, for example, a museum of Abkhazian literature”, - added Djopua.
Adviser to the President Vladimir Zantaria noted the great contribution of Bagrat Shinkuba to literature. “Bagrat Shinkuba and his cultural heritage belong not only to us, but to the whole of Caucasus”, - he said.
Vladimir Zantaria also spoke about the plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bagrat Shinkuba’s birth, which will take place in 2017.