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, providing a a treasure trove of books,
periodicals, photographs, recordings and other artefacts in Russian
and English from predominantly Soviet publishers. See Library
& Archive and Photo Library
for more information on the individual collections and research.
We organise events such as seminars,
exhibitions, lectures and film shows, and promote Russian language
learning. We are actively involved with, and a founder 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
Latest SCRSS Digest
The SCRSS Digest
summer 2016 issue is now available online. This issue includes
feature articles by Dr Michael Costello on Post-Socialist
Nostalgia and Hope, Yordanka Valkanova on The Psychoanalytic
Kindergarten Project in Soviet Russia 1921-1930, and Kate
Clark on 1986: A Historic Year in the USSR, as well as
book reviews and SCRSS news.
Friday 23 September, 19.00
of 1991: Twenty-Five Years On Jonathan Steele, The Guardian’s
Bureau Chief in Moscow from 1988 to 1994, recalls the collapse
of the CPSU and the USSR in the tumultuous year of 1991, events
that he reported on at close hand from the coup against Gorbachev
in August through to the dissolution of the USSR in December.
For his coverage, Jonathan won the International Reporter of the
Year title in the British Press awards for 1991. Normal entrance
Thursday 6 October to Thursday 8 December, 18.00-20.00
Evening Class: Russian
Language for Post-Beginners (Term 1) Our 10-week Russian language
course for post-beginners / lower intermediate level resumes for
the autumn. The course is led by Christine Barnard, former lecturer
in Russian at the University of Westminster. Fee: £40
per term (SCRSS members), £60 (non-members), payable in
advance (no concessions).