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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 2 March 2024, 09.30-10.45
Zoom Online Lecture in Russian:
The Nostalgia Trend in Contemporary Russian Literature / Nostal'gicheskaya tendentsiya v sovremennoi russkoi literature Free talk in Russian for SCRSS members only by Associate Professor Nataliya Semenova, live from St Petersburg. Booking now open on Eventbrite.

Saturday 2 March 2024, 11.00-16.00
SCRSS Library Opening for Members Non-members, please make a prior appointment by email.

Wednesday 20 March 2024, 19.00-20.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Andrei Platonov's 'Chevengur' as a Marxist Novel As a new translation is published of Platonov's 1928 novel Chevengur (by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler), Andrew George discusses how the author's life, work and this novel relate to Marxism in their historical, cultural and political contexts. Second talk in our '1920s USSR' series for spring 2024.

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