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The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre, based in London, that promotes knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Society is a Registered Charity No 1104012 and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014.

The SCRSS Soviet Collections are a library and archive of the arts, humanities and social sciences of the Soviet Union (1917-91). See Library & Archive and Photo Library for more information on the individual collections and research. We also have a loan library for members' use.

We organise events such as seminars, exhibitions, lectures and films, and promote Russian language learning. We are actively involved with, and a founder member of, the Soviet War Memorial in London. We facilitate cultural contacts between the UK and Russia. And we publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest. Find out more about the benefits of SCRSS membership.

Please note: with the exception of our scheduled events, visitors to the SCRSS centre must make a prior appointment.

SCRSS Digest - Russian Revolution Issue

Read our SCRSS Digest Autumn 2017 bumper issue, marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Eight fascinating articles cover a range of cultural, social and political aspects of the Russian Revolution and the early post-revolutionary years. Also includes SCRSS news, book and film reviews.

Next Events

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April 2018
Event: 10th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar Our popular weekend seminar for advanced level speakers of Russian returns in 2018. Booking opens on Monday 11 December. The lecture programme includes four lectures in Russian per day, with a choice for each from either the Russian Language & Linguistics or the Contemporary Russian Culture stream, led by two senior lecturers from St Petersburg State University, Russia. Limited to 30 participants. Follow the link above for full details of lecture programme, lecturer biographies, fees and how to book.

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Cover of SCRSS Digest (copyright SCRSS)


SCRSS premises in London (copyright SCRSS)