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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 organise events such as seminars, exhibitions, lectures and films, 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.

Please note: with the exception of our scheduled events, visitors to the SCRSS centre must make a prior appointment.

Next Events

Saturday 1 October, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Opening for Members Only Special weekend opening for members only. Use the Loan Library and General Reference section. Browse and buy de-acquired books and Soviet / Russian souvenirs. View current exhibitions / displays on the ground floor.

Thursday 6 October to Thursday 8 December, 18.00-20.00
Evening Class: Russian Language for Intermediate Level (Term 1) Our 10-week Russian language course resumes for the autumn, using Ruslan 3. 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).

Friday 7 October, 19.00 (please note revised date)
Lecture: Memories 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 1991 British Press awards. Tickets: £3.00 (SCRSS members), £5.00 (non-members).

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