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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

Saturday 3 March 2018, 11.00 - 14.00
SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members and Exhibition Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution The SCRSS exhibition, first shown at the North Wall Gallery in Oxford in November, includes photos, posters and objects from our archives. Free admission to the exhibition.

Saturday 3 March 2018, 14.00
The Horrible History of Russian! Andrew Jameson discusses what the Russian language can tell us about Russian history and the Russian character. SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00. Tickets payable by cash only on the door.

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April 2018, 10.00 - 16.20 daily
Event: 10th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar, London A weekend seminar for teachers, interpreters, translators and other advanced-level speakers of Russian led by two senior lecturers direct from St Petersburg State University, Russia. Four lectures in Russian per day, with a choice for each from either the Russian Language & Linguistics or the Contemporary Russian Culture stream. 'Early bird' rate (pay by Friday 9 March 2018): £125 SCRSS members, £145 non-members. Standard rate (pay by Friday 6 April 2018): £140 SCRSS members, £165 non-members. Follow the link above for full details of lecture programme, lecturer biographies and how to book. Limited to 30 participants!

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