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The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre in London that promotes knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union (FSU). The Society is a Registered Charity No 1104012 and celebrates its centenary in 2024. Find out about the benefits of SCRSS membership.

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, and search our online catalogue. We also have a loan library for members' use.

We organise events 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, Russia and the FSU. And we publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest.

SCRSS Centenary 2024 - Next Events

Saturday 18 May 2024, 11.00-13.00
In-person Event:
SCRSS AGM Held at the SCRSS centre. SCRSS members only

Saturday 18 May 2024, 14.00 - 15.00
In-person Illustrated Lecture: Christine Lindey on
Alexander Deineka (1899-1969), People’s Artist of the USSR Deineka honed his Marxist aspiration to create a new Soviet art at VKhUTEMAS in Moscow, before co-founding the Association of Artists for Revolutionary Russia in 1922. Most of his subjects celebrate factory workers, miners, modernity, youth and aspiration, as expressed by flight and sport. His famous painting Defence of Petrograd (1928) sought a compromise - celebrating the workers' foundation of the Soviet state in a style that moderately absorbs Cubism and Expressionism while retaining clear legibility to express the new Soviet reality. Christine Lindey is an art historian with a special interest in Soviet and socialist art. Fourth talk in our '1920s USSR' series for spring 2024. Tickets on the door (no pre-booking): £5.00 non-members, £3.00 SCRSS members (or free to members who attend the preceding AGM).

Saturday 1 June 2024, 11.00-16.00
SCRSS Library Opening for Members Non-members - please contact the Society to make an advance appointment.

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