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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 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). They are unique in the UK. See Library & Archive and Photo Library for more information on the individual collections and research.

We organise events such as seminars, exhibitions, lectures and films, and promote Russian language learning. We are actively involved with, and a founder 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.

Latest SCRSS Digest

The SCRSS Digest, Autumn 2016 issue is now available online with feature articles by Frances Saddington on A New Picture Book for a New Soviet Childhood, Tom Sibley on The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War 1936-39 and Margaret Fleming-Markarian on The Nutcracker Ballet: Sweets, Flowers and Symbolism. Plus book, exhibition and documentary film reviews, SCRSS and Soviet Memorial Trust Fund news.

Next Events

Friday 21 October, 19.00
Lecture: The European Union's Response to the Crisis in Ukraine Professor Bill Bowring has been travelling to Crimea and working with the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and Russians since the 1990s. In his lecture he considers the EU response to Russia's 'annexation' of Crimea in 2014, but also the people and earlier history of Crimea. Advanced booking recommended. Tickets: £3.00 (SCRSS members), £5.00 (non-members).

Saturday 5 November, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Opening for Members Visit the SCRSS library, see our current exhibitions and displays, and buy Russian / Soviet souvenirs and surplus books. Open to SCRSS members only.

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