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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. 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

Saturday 5 December, 16.00-18.00
Event: SCRSS Winter Party & Fundraiser Enjoy food and drink, a raffle, buy greetings cards and gifts from our souvenir stall, and see our exhibition Soviet War Artists 1941-45. All proceeds support the Society's library collections and activities. SCRSS members £3.00; non-members £5.00.

Saturday 16 April - Sunday 17 April 2016
Course: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar Advance notice that our popular two-day seminar returns in 2016. It offers an intensive lecture programme in Russian, taught by senior lecturers from St Petersburg. The seminar is aimed at teachers of Russian, translators and others with an advanced-level comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in contemporary Russia. Full details of fees, lecture programme and how to apply will be available here from mid-December 2015.

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