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
Please note: with the exception of our scheduled events,
visitors to the SCRSS centre must make a prior
Tuesday 23 February 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture: The
Victory Banner Over the Reichstag - Film, Document and Ritual
in Russia's Contested Memory of WWII In one of the most iconic
images from World War II, a Russian soldier raises a red flag
atop the ruins of the German Reichstag on 30 April 1945. Known
as The Victory Banner, this artefact has come to symbolise Russian
triumph, glory and patriotism. Professor Jeremy Hicks discusses
his latest book, examining why and how this symbol was created,
the changing media of its expression, and the evolution of its
message - from association with the Stalin cult and Communism,
through attempts to de-stalinise it, to its acquisition of Russian
nationalist meaning. This event is online only with advance
booking via Eventbrite.