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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 Summer 2020 e-version (pdf, 3.5MB) is now available. This special issue commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory over Nazi Germany. Features: Michael Jones, historian, on The Poem That Caught a Nation's Pain: Pavel Antokolsky's 'Son'; Andrew Jameson, translator, on The Great Patriotic War in Soviet Literature; Ralph Gibson, Hon Secretary of the SCRSS and SWMT, on We Shall Remember Them; and Sonja Grossman, University of Tübingen, on "False Friends"? Soviet Friendship Societies in Britain During the Cold War. Plus SCRSS news, SWMT news, and a range of book reviews.

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Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we regret that all events are cancelled until further notice.


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