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The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre, based in London, which 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.

Our SCRSS library, archive and photographic collections are unique in the UK. We organise seminars, exhibitions, lectures and film shows, are actively involved in events at the Soviet War Memorial in London, and facilitate cultural contacts between the UK and Russia. We also publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest. Our members include students, teachers, researchers, designers, university departments and many others with an interest in Russia. Find out more about membership.

SCRSS Digest No 2, 2015, now online

The SCRSS Digest summer issue is now available to read online. Our two feature articles are by Dr Claire McCallum, University of Exeter, on The New Soviet Man at War: Culture and the Construction of the Ideal Soldier 1941-45 and Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London, on Gay Rights in Russia. Plus a report on the new Find Out About Russia website for children, SCRSS and Soviet Memorial Trust Fund news, and book reviews.

Next Events

Saturday 4 July, 2pm - 5.30pm
Event: SCRSS Summer Open Day Free admission to SCRSS members and visitors. Launch of new exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II: Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library. Bookstall of surplus library stock. Two 15-minute 'taster' tours of the library's art and World War II collections. Film show of Soviet director Dziga Vertov's 1929 masterpiece Man with a Movie Camera. See flyer.

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