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Celebrating 90 years of cultural ties with Russia and the former Soviet Union 1924 - 2014

The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre, based in London, which promotes knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Our members include students, teachers, researchers, designers, university departments and many others with an interest in Russia. Our library, archive and photographic collections are unique in the UK. We organise seminars, exhibitions, lectures and film shows, and facilitate cultural contacts between individuals and organisations in Russia and the UK. The Society is a registered charity.

SCRSS Digest: 90th Anniversary Issue

The bumper SCRSS Digest Summer 2014 issue (pdf, 2.13MB) celebrates the Society's 90th anniversary with ten feature articles focusing on fascinating and sometimes lesser known aspects of our history, key personalities and library collections. From Dr Emily Lygo's The SCR and the Cultural Thaw of the 1960s to Professor Bill Bowring's Cultural Relations - and Lawyers?, it's all here, together with a potted history from 1924 to the present and our latest news.

Next Events

Saturday 4 October, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Lecture: Alan Bush and Nationalism in Music Dr Timothy Bowers discusses Alan Bush's view of 'nationalism' in music, how his music reflects this, and comparisons with the work of his contemporaries. Alan Bush (1900-1995) was a leading British 20th-century composer. He was also a vice-president of the SCRSS. This is a special event in co-operation with the Alan Bush Trust.

Monday 27 October pm
Event: London-St Petersburg: City and People Photo Exhibition Launch of our joint photographic project with the St Petersburg Association for International Cooperation.

Saturday 8 November, 10am - 5pm
Event: 3rd SCRSS Russian History Seminar This year's seminar focuses on Khrushchev's Thaw, the period of de-Stalinisation and relaxation of censorship in the USSR from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. Open to everyone with an interest in Russian and Soviet history. Full details of our speakers, the lecture programme and how to book will follow soon.

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