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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

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
The Victory Banner Over the Reichstag - Film, Document and Ritual in Russia's Contested Memory of WWII In one of the most iconic images from World War II, a Russian soldier raises a red flag atop the ruins of the German Reichstag on 30 April 1945. Known as The Victory Banner, this artefact has come to symbolise Russian triumph, glory and patriotism. Professor Jeremy Hicks discusses his latest book, examining why and how this symbol was created, the changing media of its expression, and the evolution of its message - from association with the Stalin cult and Communism, through attempts to de-stalinise it, to its acquisition of Russian nationalist meaning. This event is online only with advance booking via Eventbrite.


 

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