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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.

Next Events

Saturday 15 May 2021, 11.00
Zoom Online Event:
SCRSS Annual General Meeting Open to SCRSS members only.

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
The Hammer and the Anvil: Dispatches from the Frontline of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1919 Jack Robertson discusses his new translation of the reports of Bolshevik journalist and soldier Larissa Reisner. These cover the epic struggles that took place towards the end of 1918 in Russia, when the fate of Revolution was hanging by a thread, and focus on the events in and around Kazan, the strategic naval base on the River Volga taken over by the Whites. This event is online only with advance booking via Eventbrite.


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