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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 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). They are unique in the UK. 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

Saturday 20 May, 11.00-13.00
Event: SCRSS Annual General Meeting Open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 20 May, 14.00
Illustrated Lecture: Art and the Russian Revolution Christine Lindey explores how Russian artists put avant-garde art at the service of the 1917 Russian Revolution - from Kandinsky and Malevich, to Tatlin, Popova and Rodchenko. Admission: SCRSS members 3.00 (or free to members who attend the preceding AGM) / non-members 5.00.

Saturday 3 June, 11.00-14.30
Event: SCRSS Library Saturday Opening Visit the SCRSS library, buy our Russian Revolution Centenary 2017 mugs, and other Russian souvenirs and deacquired books. Open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 3 June, 14.30-16.00
Lecture: The Influence of the October Revolution on the Russian Language Andrew Jameson considers how the language of Chekhov was rendered almost unrecognisable after 1917, due to the abolition of political and administrative institutions, the blunt forms of address, the mass of new acronyms and abbreviations, the introduction of new technology, and more. Admission: SCRSS members 3.00 / non-members 5.00.

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