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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.

Latest SCRSS Digest

The SCRSS Digest Summer 2020 e-version (pdf, 3.5MB) is now available. This special issue commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory over Nazi Germany. Features: Michael Jones, historian, on The Poem That Caught a Nation's Pain: Pavel Antokolsky's 'Son'; Andrew Jameson, translator, on The Great Patriotic War in Soviet Literature; Ralph Gibson, Hon Secretary of the SCRSS and SWMT, on We Shall Remember Them; and Sonja Grossman, University of Tübingen, on "False Friends"? Soviet Friendship Societies in Britain During the Cold War. Plus SCRSS news, SWMT news, and a range of book reviews.

Next Events

Monday 22 June 2020, 19.00 - 20.30
Online Panel - Historical Memory and the Fight Against Fascism
Joint SCRSS / Marx Memorial Library event. The panel will explore the role of the Soviet Union / Communism in the fight against Fascism in the 1930s and its defeat in the Second World War. Seventy-five years since victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, it will reflect on how and why this history is now under attack. Speakers: Michael Jones, historian and author of After Hitler, Total War, Stalingrad and other titles; Phil Katz, author of Freedom from Tyranny: The Fight Against Fascism and the Falsification of History; Jonathan White, MML tutor, Trade Union Official and Associate Editor of Theory and Struggle. Follow the link above for more information and how to register for this free event.

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we regret that other events are cancelled until further notice.


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