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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.

New SCRSS mugs for 2018

Our new mugs for 2018 feature five new designs, including Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space (pictured). See our leaflet with photos of the mugs and close-ups of the graphics - selected from our library collection. Mugs cost £6.50 and are available at SCRSS events - payment by cash or cheque only.

Next Events

Thursday 19 April for 9 weeks, 18.00 - 20.00
Evening Class:
Russian Language for Intermediate Level (Term 3) Fees: £40 per term (SCRSS members), £60 per term (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. Fees: £140 SCRSS members, £165 non-members.

SCRSS 90th anniversary logo - copyright SCRSS


SCRSS premises in London (copyright SCRSS)