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The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a library and cultural centre in London that promotes knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union (FSU). The Society is a Registered Charity No 1104012 and will celebrate its centenary in 2024. Find out about the benefits of SCRSS membership.

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, and search our online catalogue. We also have a loan library for members' use.

We organise events 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, Russia and the FSU. And we publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest.

New Resources

Latest SCRSS Digest: read the SCRSS Digest, Autumn 2023 issue online. Includes articles by Claire Weiss on 'Soviet Teacher-Innovators' and Charlie Buxton on 'Civil Society in Central Asia in a Time of Conflict'. Plus SCRSS news and book reviews.

SCRSS Online Library Catalogue: search over 5,800 titles in our library, covering the Art, Education, History, Theatre and Religion collections. New entries are being added every month and further subject areas will follow.

Next Events

From Thursday November 2023 to Thursday 29 February 2024 (10 weeks with a 4-week break in the middle), 18.00-20.00
Zoom Online Evening Class:
Russian Language for Good Intermediate Level Rolling 10-week class: small, friendly group, one hour free conversation and one hour reading (short stories). To request a free one-session trial, email teacher Christine Barnard direct on Fee for 10 weeks: £40.00 (SCRSS members only).

Saturday 2 December 2023, 11.00-14.30
SCRSS Library Opening for Members Please note that the library closes at 14.30 sharp due to the SCRSS Centenary Launch and Christmas Party (see below).

Saturday 2 December 2023, 14.30-17.00
In-Person Event: SCRSS Centenary Launch and Christmas Party for SCRSS Members Only The Society was founded on 9 July 1924 and we celebrate our Centenary next year. This informal event will kickstart our Centenary with a short introduction to what's in store next year. There will be a few speeches, a small exhibition, buffet and refreshments, and plenty of time to eat, drink and be merry with fellow members and SCRSS Trustees. SCRSS members only - if you plan to come, please RSVP to the Society by 24 November to help us with planning.

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