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The SCRSS organises a regular programme of lectures, film shows, exhibitions, seminars and other events at its premises in London. The Society is also involved in educational and commemorative events associated with the Soviet War Memorial in London. Events are open to both SCRSS members and non-members, unless otherwise stated.

Please note: dogs are not permitted on SCRSS premises, with the exception of guide dogs.

Venue and Tickets

Most events take place at the SCRSS. Evening events normally start at 19.00, with tea and coffee served from 18.30.

Lecture and film tickets cost £3.00 (members) and £5.00 (non-members), unless otherwise stated. For all other events, please see individual listings below.

2016 Events Diary

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March September
April October
May November
June December

January 2016

From Thursday 14 January until Thursday 10 March, 18.00-20.00
Evening Class: Russian Language for Post-Beginners (Term 2)

Our weekly Russian language course for post-beginners / lower intermediate level assumes approximately 60 hours of previous study. Term 2 lasts 9 weeks. The course focuses on oral practice, based around topics, with grammar revision. It is led by Christine Barnard, a highly experienced teacher of Russian who taught at the University of Westminster for many years. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Fee: £25.00 payable in advance (no concessions). We accept payment by cheque (payable to SCRSS) or by bank transfer (email a request for details).

Please note: This course is open to SCRSS members only.

Friday 15 January, 19.00
Lecture: David Lane on Prospects for Russia and Eurasia in the World Economic System

In his lecture Dr Lane outlines the challenges facing Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). He contends that the future development of the EEU has to be considered in a global perspective that includes the European Union and BRICS countries (particularly China).

Dr Lane is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His recent work includes The Capitalist Transformation of State Socialism: The Making and Breaking of State Socialism and What Followed; and (with Vsevolod Samokhvalov) The Eurasian Project and Europe.

Please note: Normal entrance fees apply (members £3.00 / non-members £5.00).

Wednesday 27 January, 10.00
Event: Holocaust Memorial Day at the Soviet War Memorial

This year's act of commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, by the Soviet (Red) Army in 1945. The event is organised by the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund (SMTF) and Southwark Council, in co-operation with the Imperial War Museum, London. The event begins in the cinema of the Imperial War Museum at 10.00. Directly following this indoor ceremony, participants will move outside to the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial and London Borough of Southwark's Holocaust Memorial Tree. The event will finish by 11.45.

To attend the event in the Imperial War Museum's cinema, please RSVP directly to the Mayor of Southwark's Office as places are limited (Tel: 020-7525-7303, Email:

To lay a wreath at the Soviet War Memorial and / or Holocaust Memorial Tree, please contact the SMTF Honorary Chair on

The Soviet War Memorial is located in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, London Borough of Southwark, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum.

Friday 29 January, 19.00
Event : Documentary Film Screening of Soviet Sports Wars and Secret Soviet Moon Mission with Q&A

Colin Clarke is a freelance cinematographer who has worked on broadcast documentaries worldwide for forty years. He shot these two documentary films in 1998 for an investigative series Red Files. Secret Soviet Moon Mission documents the amazing achievements of the Russian space programme during the Cold War. Soviet Sports Wars investigates the highs and lows of the fights for the Olympics and the ice hockey championships. Folllowed by a Q&A session.

Please note: Normal entrance fees apply (SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00).

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February 2016

Friday 12 February, 19.00
Lecture: Karen Hewitt on 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. Karen has spent the last twenty-five years teaching in Russian universities and travelling the country for up to two months a year. She has been a publisher in Russia, runs a project on English literature involving seventy Russian universities, and was awarded an MBE in 2014 for building academic and cultural understanding between the UK and Russia. She tries to focus on ordinary Russians and their (often very articulate) views of the world and their country. Her other work is as a tutor in literature at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

Please note: Normal entrance fees apply to this event (members £3.00 / non-members £5.00).

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March 2016

Event programme to be confirmed.

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April 2016

Saturday 16 April - Sunday 17 April, 10.15 - 16.45 daily
Event: 8th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar

Our popular two-day seminar offers an intensive lecture programme in Russian, aimed at teachers of Russian, translators, final-year undergraduates and graduates of Russian, and all those with an advanced-level comprehension of spoken Russian and an interest in contemporary Russia. The lecture programme has two parallel streams: Russian language and linguistics, and Russian humanities and social sciences stream. The programme is led by two senior lecturers from St Petersburg State University, Russia: Tatiana Piotrovskaya and Dr Vadim Golubev.

Booking is now open. View full lecture programme, booking and fee details.

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May 2016

Monday 9 May, 11.00
Event: Victory Day at the Soviet War Memorial

This year’s ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial marks the 71st anniversary of the Allied Victory over Fascism in World War II. The Act of Remembrance commences at 11.00. Individuals and organisations are welcome to register their interest by emailing the SMTF Honorary Secretary on Further information will appear on the SCRSS website nearer the date.

Saturday 21 May, 11.00 - 13.00
Event: SCRSS Annual General Meeting

Please note: The AGM is open to SCRSS members only.

Saturday 21 May, 14.00
Lecture: Tom Sibley on The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939)

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the formation of the International Brigade. Forty thousand volunteers from over forty countries went to Spain to defend the Republic against the fascist military coup led by General Franco, who was strongly supported with arms and men by Nazi Germany and Mussolini's Italy. Organised by the Comintern, following an initiative by the Soviet Union, the actions of the International Brigade were an outstanding example of international solidarity - arguably the most significant in the history of the international labour movement. The leadership of the Soviet Union was crucial in keeping the Spanish Republic alive in the face of insuperable odds. Yet the role of the international communist movement remains highly contested as critics from both the right and sections of the left question Stalin's motives and actions. In his lecture Tom Sibley addresses the main arguments raised in this ongoing debate. Dr Sibley is a retired trade union official. He is a trustee of the Marx Memorial Library which holds the largest archive outside Spain of materials relating to the British Battalion of the International Brigade.

Please note: The lecture is free to SCRSS members who attend the preceding AGM (see above), otherwise normal entrance fees apply (members £3.00 / non-members £5.00).

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June 2016

Friday 3 June, 19.00
Lecture: Robert Chandler on ‘Memories’ by Teffi

Robert Chandler, translator and SCRSS Vice-President, talks about his translation (with Anne Marie Jackson, Irina Steinberg and Ed Kluz) of Teffi’s Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea, due for publication by Pushkin Press in May 2016. This is the first English-language version of the writer and satirist Teffi’s account of her journey into exile following the Russian Revolution. In addition to translations of Andrei Platonov, Vasily Grossman, Pushkin and many other Russian writers and poets, Robert Chandler is also editor of the Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida and Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov.

Please note: Normal entrance fees apply to this event (members £3.00 / non-members £5.00).

Friday 17 June, 19.00
Lecture: Margaret Fleming-Makarian on The Nutcracker

Margaret Fleming-Makarian talks about Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular 1892 ballet The Nutcracker, providing thought-provoking insights into its symbolic meaning. Margaret is the author of The Original Nutcracker Ballet: A Hidden Allegory (2014), reviewed in the SCRSS Digest, Summer 2015 issue.

Please note: Normal entrance fees apply to this event (members £3.00 / non-members £5.00).

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July 2016

Event programme to be confirmed.

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August 2016

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September 2016

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October 2016

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November 2016

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December 2016

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SCRSS exhibition poster - Soviet Modernist Art and Design 1917 - 1991(copyright SCRSS)


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