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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 also have a loan library for members' use.

We organise events such as seminars, exhibitions, lectures and films, and promote Russian language learning. We are actively involved with, and a founder member 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

Friday 24 February 2017, 19.00
Lecture: The British Library's Exhibition Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths Katya Rogatchevskaia, Lead Curator on the British Library's major new exhibition opening in April 2017, discusses the exhibition themes and provides interesting insights into the project from the curatorial perspective. Fees: SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00.

Saturday 4 March, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Opening for Members Only Visit the SCRSS library, see our current displays, buy our Russian Revolution Centenary 2017 mugs, and other Russian souvenirs and deacquired books.

Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 April 2017
Event: 9th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar Our popular, 2-day intensive language seminar is aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, graduates and final-year undergraduates of Russian. This year's stimulating lecture programme offers two parallel streams, led by speakers direct from St Petersburg, Russia: Russian Language and Linguistics - Tatiana Piotrovskaya (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Philology, St Petersburg State University); Russian Literary and Cultural Scene - Vadim Levantal (writer, literary critic, book editor and political commentator). Follow the link for lecturer biographies, full lecture programme, fees and how to book. Note: The standard booking rate now applies. Two-thirds of the available 32 places are already taken, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

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