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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

Friday 12 February, 19.00
Lecture: What's Happening in Russia? The Views and Values of Ordinary Russians Karen Hewitt talks about developments and changes in Russian policies, as seen and evaluated by Russians from more than twenty different cities. SCRSS members £3.00; non-members £5.00.

Saturday 16 April - Sunday 17 April, 10.15 - 16.45 daily
Course: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar Already over a third of our 30 places are filled, so book soon to secure a place and - if you pay in full before 12 February - benefit from the 'early bird' booking rate. Follow the link to view the full lecture programme, booking and payment details for our popular two-day seminar. Aimed at advanced-level speakers of Russian, the stimulating lecture programme has two parallel streams (Russian language and literature, Russian humanities and social sciences) and is led by senior lecturers from St Petersburg State University, Russia. 'Early bird' fee (pay by 12 February 2016): £99 SCRSS members, £110 non-members. Standard fee (pay by 1 April 2016): £108 SCRSS members, £120 non-members.

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