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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.

Next Events

From Thursday 28 September to Thursday 14 December (excluding 19 & 26 October), 18.00-20.00
Evening Class: Russian Language for Intermediate Level (Term 1) Fees: 40 per term (SCRSS members), 60 per term (non-members)

Saturday 7 October, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members with Special Exhibition In addition to using the library, come and view the TUC Library's touring exhibition 'The Russian Revolution and its Impact on the Left in Britain 1917-1926'. Open to SCRSS members only - free admission.

Friday 13 October, 17.00-19.00
Exhibition: The Russian Revolution and its Impact on the Left in Britain 1917-1926 View the TUC Library's touring exhibition, prior to our lecture at 19.00 Open to SCRSS members and non-members, free admission (but normal entrance fees apply to the lecture that follows).

Friday 13 October, 19.00
Lecture: Lenin in London Mike Pentelow draws on a range of accounts to describe Lenin's time in London in the pre-1917 period. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00 - payment on door by cash only.

Saturday 4 November, 10.00-18.00
Conference: Russian Revolution Centenary - Marking 100 Years Since the October Revolution This international conference, held at Congress House, TUC, London, brings together a range of British and international speakers to debate and discuss the impact of the 1917 Russian Revolution. It is 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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SCRSS premises in London (copyright SCRSS)