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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.

SCRSS Digest - Latest Issue

The SCRSS Digest, Spring 2020 issue is now available with feature articles by Dr Matthew Armitt on VKhUTEMAS: The Revolutionary School of Architectural Teaching; Simon Nicholls on Aspects of a Russian Mystic - Alexander Skryabin; Professor Pauline Fairclough on Discovering Shostakovich Since 1991; and Carol Brown on Coventry and Volgograd Twin Cities. Plus SCRSS news, Soviet War Memorial Trust news, and book reviews.

Also see our back issues of the SCRSS Digest.

Next Events

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


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