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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.

Latest SCRSS Digest

The SCRSS Digest summer 2016 issue is now available online. This issue includes feature articles by Dr Michael Costello on Post-Socialist Nostalgia and Hope, Yordanka Valkanova on The Psychoanalytic Kindergarten Project in Soviet Russia 1921-1930, and Kate Clark on 1986: A Historic Year in the USSR, as well as book reviews and SCRSS news.

Next Events

Friday 23 September, 19.00
Lecture: Memories of 1991: Twenty-Five Years On Jonathan Steele, The Guardian’s Bureau Chief in Moscow from 1988 to 1994, recalls the collapse of the CPSU and the USSR in the tumultuous year of 1991, events that he reported on at close hand from the coup against Gorbachev in August through to the dissolution of the USSR in December. For his coverage, Jonathan won the International Reporter of the Year title in the British Press awards for 1991. Normal entrance fees apply.

Thursday 6 October to Thursday 8 December, 18.00-20.00
Evening Class: Russian Language for Post-Beginners (Term 1) Our 10-week Russian language course for post-beginners / lower intermediate level resumes for the autumn. The course is led by Christine Barnard, former lecturer in Russian at the University of Westminster. Fee: £40 per term (SCRSS members), £60 (non-members), payable in advance (no concessions).

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