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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. See Library & Archive and Photo Library for more information on the individual collections and research.

We organise events such as seminars, exhibitions, lectures and films, 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.

Please note: with the exception of our scheduled events, visitors to the SCRSS centre must make a prior appointment.

Next Events

Saturday 3 December, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Saturday Opening for Members Visit the SCRSS library, see our current exhibitions and displays, and buy Russian souvenirs, surplus books and our new Russian Revolution Centenary 2017 mugs. Open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 April 2017
Event: 9th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar Booking opens 5 December. Our popular, 2-day intensive language seminar is aimed at teachers, translators and interpreters of Russian, graduates and final-year undergraduates of Russian. This year's stimulating lecture programme offers two parallel streams, led by speakers direct from St Petersburg, Russia: Russian Language and Linguistics - Tatiana Piotrovskaya (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Philology, St Petersburg State University); Russian Literary and Cultural Scene - Vadim Levantal (writer, literary critic, book editor and political commentator). Follow the link for full details of lecturer biographies, lecture programme, fees and how to book. Limited to 32 participants.

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