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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

Thursday 23 January (for 8 weeks), 17.45 - 19.45
Evening Class:
Russian Language for Good Intermediate Level (Spring Term 2). SCRSS members £40.00 per term / non-members £60.00

Friday 24 January, 19.00
Talk: Mirrorlands - The Russia-China Border Ed Pulford discusses his new book Mirrorlands, based on a single journey through Siberia, Inner Mongolia, the Russian Far East and Manchuria. These borderlands offer a unique vantage point from which to understand the myriad peoples, places and political cataclysms that have united and divided the world's two largest countries. SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Monday 27 January, 11.00
Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial, London

Saturday 1 February, 11.00-16.00
SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members

Saturday 1 February, 14.00
Why Russian is the Best Language for Poetry Andrew Jameson discusses how Russian's sound system, word endings, variety of word-building elements and freedom of word order make it a uniquely flexible medium for poetry. SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00. Pay cash on entry.

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 April, 10.00-16.30 daily
Event: SCRSS Advanced Russian Seminar 2020 Booking open. Our popular seminar is taught by two senior lecturers direct from St Petersburg - Dr Svetlana Bukreeva and Tatiana Piotrovskaya. It is aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, as well as all those with an advanced level comprehension of spoken Russian. Participants can book for one or both days. Each day includes four 70-minute sessions, with participants choosing from one of two options, either on a Russian linguistics or 'stranovedenie' topic. Follow the link above to view the full lecture programme, lecturer biographies, fees and booking form. 'Early bird' reduced fee booking deadline: Friday 7 February.


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