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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.

Next Events

Tuesday 21 September 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Russian Comes of Age Andrew Jameson continues his introductory history of the Russian language. After Russia opened up to the West, it needed to catch up with 150 years of progress, much of which involved language. This included the integration of Church and State language, the development of new socio-political and scientific language, and cultural and societal change that led to an increasing separation between the old Russian and new urban 'Westernised' culture. Booking will be via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Translating Great Russian Literature - The Penguin Russian Classics Catherine McAteer (Exeter University) discusses her new book on the Penguin Russian Classics series. First launched in 1950, the series became the de facto provider of classic Russian literature in English translation. Booking will be via Eventbrite.


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