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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, 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 membership.

Next Events

Friday 3 June, 19.00
Lecture: Memories by Teffi Robert Chandler talks about his new translation of the writer and satirist Teffi’s Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea, the first English-language version of her account of her journey into exile following the Russian Revolution. Normal entrance fees apply.

Friday 17 June, 19.00
Lecture: The Nutcracker Margaret Fleming-Makarian talks about Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular 1892 ballet The Nutcracker, providing thought-provoking insights into its symbolic meaning.

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