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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.

Next Events

Thursday 19 September, 19.00
Talk: Do We Need Another Shostakovich Biography? Pauline Fairclough, Professor of Music at the University of Bristol, talks about her new biography of Dmitri Shostakovich, which brings new perspectives on the composer's life and music to a wide readership. SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Thursday 26 September to Thursday 28 November 2019, 17.45 - 19.45
Evening Class:
Russian Language for Good Intermediate Level (Autumn Term 1) Led by Christine Barnard using textbook Ruslan 3. Maximum 10 students. SCRSS members £40.00 per term / non-members £60.00 per term. Full fee payable at start of term by cash or cheque only.

Saturday 5 October, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members Open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April 2020, 10.00-16.30 daily
Event: SCRSS Advanced Russian Seminar 2020 Provisional 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 will be available from late November 2019, when booking opens.

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SCRSS premises in London (copyright SCRSS)


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