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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. The Society is a registered charity and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2014.

Our SCRSS library, archive and photographic collections are unique in the UK. We organise seminars, exhibitions, lectures and film shows, are actively involved in events at the Soviet War Memorial in London, and facilitate cultural contacts between the UK and Russia. We also publish a journal, the SCRSS Digest. Our members include students, teachers, researchers, designers, university departments and many others with an interest in Russia. Find out more about membership.

SCRSS Digest No 2, 2015, now online

The SCRSS Digest summer issue is now available to read online. Our two feature articles are by Dr Claire McCallum, University of Exeter, on The New Soviet Man at War: Culture and the Construction of the Ideal Soldier 1941-45 and Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London, on Gay Rights in Russia. Plus a report on the new Find Out About Russia website for children, SCRSS and Soviet Memorial Trust Fund news, and book reviews.

Next Events

Thursday 30 July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Book Launch and Talk: Land of Forty Tribes Dr Farideh Heyat gives an illustrated talk on her new book published by Hertfordshire Press. "In part autobiographical, the book is a semi-fictional story of love, adventure and cultural discoveries set in the heart of Central Asia." Free entry but please RSVP by 29 July to

Until Friday 28 August, 10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm weekdays
Exhibition: Soviet War Artists 1941-45: Reproductions of Drawings, Sketches and Linocuts from the SCRSS Art Library The exhibition features works reproduced from seven albums in the SCRSS Art Library, published in the Soviet Union between 1942 and 1972. The majority of exhibits are drawings and sketches captured from life - and in difficult conditions - by Soviet war artists working at the frontline. The exhibition is grouped into three sections: Invasion, occupation and resistance 1941-43; Portraits; and Liberation and the road to Berlin 1943-45. Free admission..

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