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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.

Latest SCRSS Digest

The SCRSS Digest - Spring 2019 issue is now available online with feature articles on Churchill and Stalin: Comrades-in-Arms by Geoffrey Roberts, Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork and Russia's Criminal Justice System: From Tsar Alexander II to President Putin by Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London. Plus SCRSS news, Soviet War Memorial Trust news and book reviews.

Next Events

Friday 15 March, 19.00
Art for All: British Socially Committed Art from the 1930s to the Cold War Art historian Christine Lindey discusses her new book. It focuses on British artists, but many of these were influenced by the Bolshevik Revolution, some worked in the USSR as artists in the 1930s, while Soviet Socialist Realist theory and practice were the subject of much debate among socially committed artists and critics during WWII. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00.

Saturday 6 April, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members Open to SCRSS members only.

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