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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). They are unique in the UK. 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 - Russian Revolution Issue

Our SCRSS Digest Autumn 2017 bumper issue, marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution is now available online. Eight fascinating articles cover a range of cultural, social and political aspects of the Russian Revolution and the early post-revolutionary years. Also includes SCRSS news, book and film reviews.

Next Events

Friday 3 November, 19.00
Social Event: Marking the Centenary of the Russian Revolution An informal social evening with a short talk by speakers from the St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation, light refreshments and a glass of wine. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00 - payment on door by cash only.

Saturday 4 November, 10.00-18.00
International Conference: Russian Revolution Centenary - Marking 100 Years Since the October Revolution Brings together a range of British and international speakers to debate and discuss the impact of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Organised by the RRCC, which represents a number of heritage, cultural and labour movement organisations, including the SCRSS. Admission: £10.00 waged / £8.00 unwaged. Book tickets online at

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