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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.

*Library Catalogue*

Our volunteers continue to work on creating an electronic catalogue of the SCRSS library collections, held on a local database. For the first time, the SCRSS is able to provide an Excel version of the catalogue on our website. In particular, this includes substantial numbers of titles in the Art, Education, History and Theatre collections. Although the spreadsheet does not hold as much data as the database version, we hope it that it will be useful. SCRSS Public Catalogue (xls, 574KB, created 8 November 2019, over 4500 entries).

Next Events

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 19.00
Talk: Vasily Grossman, Lev Ozerov and the World of Soviet Jewry Robert Chandler will discuss his two most recent translations - of Vasily Grossman's novel Stalingrad and Lev Ozerov’s poetry collection Portraits Without Frames. Robert Chandler's translations from Russian include works by Vasily Grossman, Andrey Platonov and Teffi, as well as three Penguin Classics anthologies of Russian short stories, magic tales and poetry. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Saturday 7 December 2019, 11.00 - 16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening SCRSS members only

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 direct from St Petersburg and aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian. Lecturer biographies and details of fees now available - full lecture programme and booking form to follow in late November 2019, when booking opens.


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