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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.

SCRSS Digest Latest Issue

The SCRSS Digest, Autumn 2020 issue is now available online. It includes features by Dr David Lane on The Heritage of Vladimir Lenin (relating to the 150th anniversary of Lenin's birth) and Jane Rosen on Highlights from the SCRSS Archive, as well as book reviews, and SCRSS and Soviet War Memorial Trust news

Next Events

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Red Star and Roundel - A Shared Century Philip Wilkinson, who served for 40 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was Defence and Air Attache at the British Embassy in Moscow from 1993-97, discusses his recent book Red Star and Roundel. This examines how the RAF and Russia have been linked (or separated) over the 100 years since the 1917 Russian Revolution and the formation of the RAF in April 1918. This event is online only with advance booking via Eventbrite.


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