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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 2018 is now available online. This issue includes features by Dr Michael Costello on The Soviet Five-Year Plans and Preparation for the Nazi Invasion, Masha Kulikova on European Schoolbooks Ltd and the Russian Book Trade in the UK, Seraphina Davey on Improving Business Relations with Russia: The Alfa Fellowship Programme, as well as SCRSS news, Soviet Memorial Trust Fund news and book reviews.

Next Events

Saturday 7 April, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members and Exhibition Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution Free admission to the exhibition for SCRSS members and non-members.

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April, 10.00 - 16.20 daily
Event: 10th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar, London Weekend seminar for teachers, interpreters, translators and other advanced-level speakers of Russian, led by two senior lecturers direct from St Petersburg State University, Russia. Four lectures in Russian per day, with a choice for each from either the Russian Language & Linguistics or the Contemporary Russian Culture stream. Standard rate now applies (pay by Friday 6 April): £140 SCRSS members, £165 non-members.

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