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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, 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 membership.

Next Events

Monday 9 May, 11.00
Event: Victory 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
Event: SCRSS Annual General Meeting The AGM is open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 21 May, 14.00
Lecture: The 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.

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