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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 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.

Latest SCRSS Digest

The SCRSS Digest, Spring 2017 issue is now available online. Includes features on Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths by Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia, British Library; 2017: A Centenary Like No Other by Ralph Gibson, Co-Chair RRCC; Building the Culture of Socialist Society by Andrew Rothstein (reprint from the Society's former Anglo-Soviet Journal); Russian Prisons: From GULAG to FSIN by Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London. Also book reviews, SCRSS and SMTF news.

Next Events

Friday 24 March 2017, 19.00
Film: The End of St Petersburg Vsevolod Pudovkin's 1927 masterpiece was commissioned by the Soviet Government to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. USSR, 1927, 87 mins. Admission free (SCRSS members and non-members).

Saturday 1 April, 11.00-16.00
Event: SCRSS Library Saturday Opening SCRSS members only.

Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 April 2017
Event: 9th SCRSS Russian Language Seminar 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 lecturer biographies, full programme and booking details. Book now to ensure one of our last remaining places.

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