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
Monday 9 May, 11.00
Day at the Soviet War Memorial, London This year’s ceremony
marks the 71st anniversary of the Allied Victory over Fascism
in World War II.
Saturday 21 May, 11.00 - 13.00
Annual General Meeting The AGM is open to SCRSS members only.
Saturday 21 May, 14.00
Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) This year
marks the 80th anniversary of the formation of the International
Brigade. Organised by the Comintern, following an initiative by
the Soviet Union, the actions of the International Brigade were
an outstanding example of international solidarity in defending
the Spanish Republic against the fascist military coup led by
General Franco. Yet the role of the international communist movement
remains highly contested. Tom Sibley discusses the main arguments
raised in this ongoing debate. Please note: the lecture is
free to SCRSS members attending the preceding AGM, otherwise normal
entrance fees apply.