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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 Autumn 2021 is now available online. Articles by Christine Lindey on Alexander Deineka - The Golden Boy of Soviet Art, Andrew Jameson on Triumph over Adversity - Gulag Literature and Caroline Walton on To St Petersburg with Love - How My Book 'The Besieged' Came to be Published in Russia in 2021. Also book reviews, SCRSS and SWMT news.

Next Events

Tuesday 19 October 2021, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Library Opening SCRSS members only

Tuesday 26 October 2021, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Library Opening SCRSS members only

From Thursday 28 October 2021, 18.00 - 20.00
Zoom Online Evening Class:
Russian Language for Good Intermediate Level Rolling 10-week class taught by Christine Barnard, former lecturer in Russian at Westminster University. Fee for 10 weeks: 40.00 (SCRSS members only). Current availability for one new student to join the class - contact Christine Barnard direct on

Saturday 6 November 2021, 09.00 - 14.30
Zoom Online Event:
SCRSS Advanced Russian Language Seminar - Contemporary Russian Literature Dr Svetlana Bukreeva, Associate Professor at the Leningrad Regional Institute of Education Development, returns to lead a one-day online seminar in Russian on contemporary Russian prose, poetry, and literature for children and young adults. Open to everyone with an advanced comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in Russian language and culture. Fee: £20.00 (SCRSS members), £25.00 (standard rate). Booking now open on Eventbrite. Organised by the SCRSS in partnership with the St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation


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