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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.

New SCRSS mugs for 2018

Our new mugs for 2018 feature five new designs, including Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space (pictured). See our leaflet with photos of the mugs and close-ups of the graphics - selected from our library collection. Mugs cost £6.50 and are available at SCRSS events - payment by cash or cheque only.

Next Events

Saturday 5 May, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members and Exhibition Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution Library open to SCRSS members only. Exhibition open to SCRSS members and non-members, free admission.

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 11.00
Victory Day at the Soviet War Memorial, London

Saturday 19 May, 11.00 - 13.00
SCRSS Annual General meeting SCRSS members only.

Saturday 19 May, 14.00
Red October: Revolution in Russia A new documentary film marking last year's centenary of the Russian Revolution, directed by Chris Reeves and narrated by the actress Maxine Peake (Platform Films, 2018, 68 mins). Normal entrance fees apply: SCRSS members 3.00 (or free to those who attend the preceding AGM) / non-members 5.00

SCRSS 90th anniversary logo - copyright SCRSS


SCRSS premises in London (copyright SCRSS)