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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.

Next Events

Tuesday 22 June 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Panel:
Historical Memory and the Fight against Fascism, Part III Joint SCRSS - Marx Memorial Library event, marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the USSR in 1941. A discussion of ongoing attempts across Europe to rewrite the history of the 1930s-40s anti-fascist alliance and the present-day pushback. The panel includes speakers from Russia, Spain and Italy. This event is online only with advance booking via Eventbrite.

Wednesday 30 June 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
The Anglo-Soviet Alliance - Comrades and Allies During WW2 Colin Turbett discusses his new book, published by Pen & Sword Books. Nazi Germany's invasion of the USSR in June 1941 was seized upon by Churchill to forge an alliance that would lead to the defeat of Fascism four years later. Colin Turbett discusses the history of the wartime alliance and its expression: at government and military co-operation level, and between two peoples who realised the interests they held in common. This event is online only with advance booking via Eventbrite.


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