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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 28 September 2021, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Library Opening SCRSS members only

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Translating Great Russian Literature - The Penguin Russian Classics Dr Cathy McAteer (Exeter University) discusses her new book on the Penguin Russian Classics series. First launched in 1950, the series became the de facto provider of classic Russian literature in English translation. Booking is via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Library Opening SCRSS members only

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Library Opening SCRSS members only

Saturday 6 November 2021, 09.00 - 14.30
Zoom Online Event:
SCRSS Advanced Russian Language Seminar - Contemporary Russian Literature Dr Svetlana Bukreeva, Associate Professor at the Leningrad Regional Institute of Education Development, returns to lead a one-day online seminar in Russian on contemporary Russian prose, poetry, and literature for children and young adults. Open to everyone with an advanced comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in Russian language and culture. Fee: £20.00 (SCRSS members), £25.00 (standard rate). Full lecture programme and booking details available from 09.00 on Tuesday 28 September 2021 when booking opens on Eventbrite. Organised by the SCRSS in partnership with the St Petersburg Association for International Co-operation


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