Why This Site?

On the door of a Moscow hotel room (around 1990): IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE USSR, YOU ARE WELCOME TO IT.

Let’s face it; a lot can be lost in translation. For many of the expats that came here the first time, Kharkov was somewhat of an enigma – not a lot of information, but a large city nonetheless, waiting to be explored. Nothing in English or any other language, besides Russian and Ukrainian.

Many of the expats living in Kharkov consider it the ‘big secret’ – and for good reason; during the USSR, Kharkov produced everything from tanks to missile guidance systems, and the first foreigners were only allowed in after 1989. It’s in Kharkov’s nature to be a little secretive. Now more than ever though, it’s time for Kharkov to shake off its secrets and to become a business and travel destination. With the coming EUFA tournaments and the growing IT sector, Kharkov is coming into its own.

With that in mind, we’ve started go-kharkov.com – your one online destination to find out all about Kharkov, from the expat point of view. We don’t want to do this alone though – we want to hear from you! Where have you been? What have you seen? Would you recommend it to others on this site?

Please feel free to browse and create your own account – we are slowly growing the site and we hope you’ll check in often. In the meantime, you can also check out the Kharkov Expats Facebook page and our Twitter feed to keep up with the latest news and reviews!

Tom Hickerson @GoKharkov