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The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre in London that promotes knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union (FSU). The Society is a Registered Charity No 1104012 and celebrates its centenary in 2024. Find out about the benefits of SCRSS membership.

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, and search our online catalogue. We also have a loan library for members' use.

We organise events 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, Russia and the FSU. And we publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest.

Latest SCRSS Digest

The SCRSS Digest, Spring 2024 issue is now available online. Features by Dr Caroline Wilkins on Velimir Khlebnikov and 'The Radio of the Future', Jane Rosen on What Are They Up To? The Formation of the SCR, 1924, and Dr James C Pearce on Why the USSR Needed 'The Golden Ring' Cities. Plus SCRSS news and book reviews.

SCRSS Centenary 2024 - Next Events

Tuesday 16 April 2024, 18.30-19.30
Zoom Online Lecture in Russian:
'Moscow Literature' in Contemporary Russian Culture / 'Moskovsky tekst' v sovremennoi russkoi kul'ture Associate Professor Nataliya Semenova returns to discuss the phenomenon of 'Moscow literature' - part of the larger trend for mapping space already seen in 'St Petersburg literature' and others. Free event for SCRSS members only - booking via Eventbrite (through link above).

Wednesday 24 April 2024, 19.00-20.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Oedipal and Incendiary: Revisiting Pudovkin's Film Adaptation of Gorky's Mother (1926) Professor Jeremy Hicks explores Soviet film director Vsevolod Pudovkin's film The Mother, an adaptation of Maxim Gorky's 1908 novel, and the film's reception, particularly in the UK. Pudovkin boldly reworked the novel in the spirit of the creative reflection on the relation between Freudianism and Marxism in the 1920s, an intellectual current repressed in the USSR from the 1930s. This is the third talk in our series '1920s USSR', reflecting the decade in which the SCRSS was founded. Booking via Eventbrite (through link above): £5.00 (or £3.00 SCRSS members).

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