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.
You can donate
online to support our work and collections.
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
Please note: with the exception of our scheduled events,
visitors to the SCRSS centre must make a prior
SCRSS Digest Latest Issue
The SCRSS Digest,
Autumn 2019 issue is now available with features by Andrew
Jameson on Russian Language under Peter the Great and
Kate Clark on Memoirs of a Moscow Correspondent in the Gorbachov
Years, plus news and reviews. Also a Special
Supplement: A Lawyer's View on Russia, celebrating SCRSS president
Professor Bill Bowring's 70th birthday.
Friday 11 October 2019, 19.00
Notebooks of Alexander Skryabin, 1872-1915 Simon Nicholls,
translator (with Michael Pushkin) of Russian composer Alexander
Skryabin's writings, discusses how they reveal the constellation
of philosophies that shaped the composer's idiosyncratic world-view.
He also touches on Skryabin's attitude to socialism and how this
mystical idealist was posthumously adopted into the Soviet canon.
SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.
Saturday 2 November 2019, 11.00-16.00
Saturday Library Opening for Members Open to SCRSS members
Friday 8 November 2019, 18.00
the Life of John Cunningham (1943-2019) Joint event with the
Marx Memorial Library to celebrate the life of the SCRSS's long-time
staff member, John Cunningham, as well as mark the anniversary
of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Includes a small exhibition highlighting
John's digitisation work on the Society's photographic collections
and other archive materials, a 30-minute documentary Lenin:
Pages from a Great Life (1978), drinks and light refreshments.
SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash
Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April 2020, 10.00-16.30 daily
Event: SCRSS Advanced
Russian Seminar 2020 Advance notice of the return of our popular
intensive 2-day Russian language seminar, taught by two lecturers
from St Petersburg and aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters
of Russian. Full details available from late November 2019, when