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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

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 19.00
Zoom Online Lecture:
Russia and the European Convention (or Court) of Human Rights Professor Bill Bowring discusses Russia's long membership of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights, how it has been possible, and whether the close and mostly positive relationship between Russia and these two institutions is about to end. This event is online only with advance booking via Eventbrite.

Saturday 24 October 2020, 11.00 - 12.30
Zoom Online Event:
SCRSS Annual General Meeting The AGM is open to SCRSS members only. The event is online only - members must register in advance before 17.00 on Wednesday 21 October in order to receive the link to join the meeting online.

Tuesday 3 November 2020, 19.00 - 20.30
Zoom Online Lecture:
Lenin's Ideas on Revolution: Are they Relevant Today? Dr David Lane considers Vladimir Lenin's theoretical and practical strategy, its criticisms and its relevance to current conditions. Joint SCRSS and Marx Memorial Library event on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lenin. This event is online only with advance booking via Eventbrite.


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