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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 No 1104012 and will celebrate its centenary in 2024.

The SCRSS Soviet Collections are a library and archive of the arts, humanities and social sciences of the Soviet Union (1917-91). See Library & Archive and Photo Library for more information on the individual collections and research. We also have a loan library for members' use.

We organise events such as seminars, exhibitions and lectures, and promote Russian language learning. We are actively involved with, and a founder member 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.

SCRSS Digest - Latest Issue

The SCRSS Digest Autumn 2021 is now available online. Feature articles by Christine Lindey on Alexander Deineka - The Golden Boy of Soviet Art, Andrew Jameson on Triumph over Adversity - Gulag Literature and Caroline Walton on To St Petersburg with Love - How My Book 'The Besieged' Came to be Published in Russia in 2021. Also book reviews, SCRSS and SWMT news.

Next Events

From Thursday 4 November 2021 for 10 weeks, 18.00 - 20.00
Zoom Online Evening Class:
Russian Language for Intermediate Level Why not join our friendly, informal and non-competitive group? One hour conversation practice, one hour reading (currently reading 'Shapka' by Vladimir Voinovich). Current availability for new members to join the class - for more information, please email our tutor Christine Barnard on Fee: 40.00 for 10 weeks (SCRSS members only)

Tuesday 23 November 2021, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Library Opening SCRSS members only

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 11.00 - 16.00
SCRSS Library Opening SCRSS members only

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Formalistic Freaks in Music: Socialist Realism, Shostakovich and Ilya Golovin Dr Daniel Elphick of Royal Holloway, University of London, discusses the impact of Socialist Realism in Soviet music through the lens of Sergei Mikhalkov's 1949 popular play Ilya Golovin, which satirised Shostakovich and 'formalism'. He outlines the play's creation and reception, highlights allusions to Shostakovich and Prokofiev in the script, and examines excerpts from Khachaturian's score for the production. Online booking for this lecture via Eventbrite.


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