To the very east of the Ukraine, close to the Russian border and not far from the Sea of Azov, lies "The Industrial City" of Luhansk (also called Lugansk). It was founded in the late 1700s when arguably the first expat in Luhansk, the British engineer Charles Gascoigne, recommended building a factory to Russia's Empress, Ekaterina II. The city has since become an important industrial center with a key role in the Ukrainian economy. Today, 'October Revolution' is the last big industrial plant, but the splendor of centuries of industry has made the city an attractive one, with some wonderful architectural and cultural gems to its name. Expats living in Luhansk should make a point of seeing the dreamlike St. Volodymyr Cathedral, the grand Monument for Revolution Heroes and, for anyone with an interest in history, the Merheleva Ridge. This ancient complex was discovered in 2004 when a history teacher took his class on a school trip, and is still being excavated.
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As an expatriate moving to Luhansk, you can look forward to a beautiful city with warm summers, snowy winters and plenty to enjoy after hours. For general tips and an overview of expatriation, our Expat Magazine is a great source of reliable information on things like expat insurance, repatriation, working abroad and so on. You can also read the accounts of InterNations members in other host cities, for an 'on the ground' introduction to what being an expat living in Luhansk might entail. When it comes to actually relocating to Luhansk, expats can fly into the Lugansk airport, around ten miles from the city, and then catch a bus or minibus, known as a 'marshrutka', to the city center. For the especially adventurous expatriate moving to Luhansk, there are also trains to the city from major transport hubs like Moscow and Kiev.
With a population well in excess of 400,000, the city is a large and exciting host town in which to be based. It has a strong sports scene and has recently produced some top sportspeople, including Olympic medalists and several top footballers. After hours, expats working in Luhansk have the local culture to take in, with some great restaurants, cafés and bars to get to know. The Leninskii and Kamennobrodskii districts are major centers of activity and expatriates working in Luhansk may well find other global minds and an international community there. InterNations members can further use our discussion groups, forums, or private communications as an easy way to get in touch with other expats in Luhansk, Ukraine, or across the world. It's a great way to socialize, network or maybe even organize a meet-up with other expats, or simply get information on the best things to see and do and then explore the city in your own time.