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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). They are unique in the UK. 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 - Summer 2017 issue is now available online with features on The Spark for Great Art by art historian Christine Lindey and The Development of Soviet Literature 1921-37 by Alexei Tolstoy (abridged reprint from the Society's Anglo-Soviet Journal, March 1937), together with SCRSS news, SMTF news and book reviews.

Next Events

Saturday 2 September, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Opening for Members Visit the SCRSS library, buy our Russian Revolution Centenary 2017 mugs, and other Russian souvenirs and deacquired books. Open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 4 November, 10.00-18.00
Conference: Russian Revolution Centenary - Marking 100 Years Since the October Revolution This international conference, held at Congress House, TUC, London, brings together a range of British and international speakers to debate and discuss the impact of the 1917 Russian Revolution. It is organised by the RRCC, which represents a number of heritage, cultural and labour movement organisations, including the SCRSS. Admission: £10.00 waged / £8.00 unwaged. Book tickets online at

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