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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.

Next Events

Friday 21 February, 19.00
Helen Muspratt: Photographing the Soviet Union in 1937 Jessica Sutcliffe discusses her mother, Helen Muspratt, a pioneering photographer and life-long communist who visited the USSR in 1937, where she documented the lives of ordinary Russians. SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Saturday 7 March, 11.00-16.00
SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members

Saturday 7 March, 14.00
Allied Aid to Russia in the Second World War via the Persian Gulf - The Southern Artery John Allan discusses the Allies' wartime co-operation to get aid through to Russia via the Persian Gulf, a considerably less well-known aspect of WWII than the Arctic Convoys to Northern Russia. SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April, 10.00-16.30 daily
Event: SCRSS Advanced Russian Seminar 2020 Seminar aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, as well as all those with an advanced level comprehension of spoken Russian. Taught by Dr Svetlana Bukreeva and Tatiana Piotrovskaya, both senior lecturers direct from St Petersburg. Follow the link to view the full lecture programme, lecturer biographies, fees and booking form. Standard rate now applies.


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