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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 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). 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, lectures and films, 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.

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

Next Events

Thursday 20 September - Thursday 6 December 2018, 18.00 - 20.00
Evening Class:
Russian Language for Intermediate Level (Term 1 - Autumn 2018) Fees: 40 per term (SCRSS members), 60 per term (non-members)

Saturday 6 October 2018, 11.00 - 14.00
SCRSS Saturday Library Opening for Members

Saturday 6 October 2018, 14.00
The Horrible History of Russian! Linguist Andrew Jameson looks at what the Russian language can tell us about Russian history and the Russian character. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00

Friday 19 October, 2018, 19.00
Russia's Criminal Justice System - from Tsar Alexander II to President Putin Professor Bill Bowring of Birkbeck College, University of London, looks at the history of the Russian legal and judicial systems, in particular focusing on the period from 2000 to the present. SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00

SCRSS 90th anniversary logo - copyright SCRSS


SCRSS premises in London (copyright SCRSS)