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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. You can donate online to support our work and collections.

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 2019 issue is now available with features by Andrew Jameson on Russian Language under Peter the Great and Kate Clark on Memoirs of a Moscow Correspondent in the Gorbachov Years, plus news and reviews. Also a Special Supplement: A Lawyer's View on Russia, celebrating SCRSS president Professor Bill Bowring's 70th birthday.

Next Events

Friday 11 October 2019, 19.00
Talk: The Notebooks of Alexander Skryabin, 1872-1915 Simon Nicholls, translator (with Michael Pushkin) of Russian composer Alexander Skryabin's writings, discusses how they reveal the constellation of philosophies that shaped the composer's idiosyncratic world-view. He also touches on Skryabin's attitude to socialism and how this mystical idealist was posthumously adopted into the Soviet canon. SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Saturday 2 November 2019, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members Open to SCRSS members only.

Friday 8 November 2019, 18.00
Event: Celebrating the Life of John Cunningham (1943-2019) Joint event with the Marx Memorial Library to celebrate the life of the SCRSS's long-time staff member, John Cunningham, as well as mark the anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Includes a small exhibition highlighting John's digitisation work on the Society's photographic collections and other archive materials, a 30-minute documentary Lenin: Pages from a Great Life (1978), drinks and light refreshments. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April 2020, 10.00-16.30 daily
Event: SCRSS Advanced Russian Seminar 2020 Advance notice of the return of our popular intensive 2-day Russian language seminar, taught by two lecturers from St Petersburg and aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian. Full details available from late November 2019, when booking opens.

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