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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 No 1104012 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). 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.

Latest SCRSS Digest

The SCRSS Digest, Autumn 2018 issue is now available online. Includes features on Russia and the New Cold War by Kate Hudson, Social Enterprise in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia by Charles Buxton, Russian Language Teaching in UK Schools by Katarzyna Piotrowska-Fletcher, The Impact of Soviet Art on British Art from the 1930s to the Early Cold War by Christine Lindey. Also SCRSS news, SMTF news and book reviews.

Next Events

Friday 2 November 2018, 18.00 - 21.00
SCRSS Social Evening / Exhibition Viewing Joint event with the Marx Memorial Library to mark the Russian Revolution anniversary. View our exhibition 'Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution' and hear the curators give a short talk. Many of the exhibits are on sale and - with our SCRSS mugs - make excellent presents for Christmas. SCRSS members and non-members £5.00 - price includes drinks and refreshments. Note: payment by cash or cheque only.

Saturday 3 November 2018, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members and Exhibition 'Lenin: Leader of the Russian Revolution' Final viewing of our exhibition, open to the public until 14.00, with the opportunity to buy many of the exhibits. Purchases can be collected 14.00 - 16.00. SCRSS mugs also on sale. Note: payment by cash or cheque only.

Sunday 11 November, 12.30
Remembrance Sunday at the Soviet War Memorial, London

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