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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

Saturday 2 March, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members Open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 2 March, 14.00
The Horrible History of Russian! Part 2 Linguist Andrew Jameson follows on from the first part of his talk delivered in October 2018, looking at what the Russian language can tell us about Russian history and the Russian character. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00.

Friday 15 March, 19.00
Art for All: British Socially Committed Art from the 1930s to the Cold War Art historian Christine Lindey discusses her new book. It focuses on British artists, but many of these were influenced by the Bolshevik Revolution, some worked in the USSR as artists in the 1930s, while Soviet Socialist Realist theory and practice were the subject of much debate among socially committed artists and critics during WWII. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00.

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