The Centre is a facility hosting a large collection of Russian-related material, established to support research in a wide range of military topics, both current and historical, in order to provide a greater understanding of Russian thinking.
We provide online access to core journals and newspapers and a growing number of e-books from East View to support current research. Customers are welcome to benefit from these online resources when they visit us. Remote online access is restricted to approved RMSC users.
We also have over 25,000 books in the physical collection. Most of the material is in English or Russian, but there is also a considerable amount of material in other languages including Czech, Polish, German, Romanian and Albanian, as well as original language source material from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
The collection contains material such as BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, Foreign Broadcast Information Service Reports, RAND papers, Soviet Army Studies Papers and many journals including:
Amongst the posters and maps is a very rare collection of former Soviet General Staff maps of the USSR, produced on the eve of the invasion of the USSR in June 1941.
The core collection was originally created by the Soviet Studies Research Centre (SSRC) based at RMA Sandhurst. Following the seismic political changes in Soviet and Eastern Europe in the 1990s, SSRC became the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC at Sandhurst, 1992-2005). The Russian Military Studies Centre retains the research papers from both SSRC and CSRC. The collection has been expanded through a substantial donation of items from the Defence Centre for Languages and Culture, as well as various academics from UK universities.
Please note: the task of cataloguing the entire collection is an ongoing project so not all material held is currently searchable via the catalogue.
Here are just a few examples of the current research we are interested in: cyber warfare and information warfare, the war in Syria, and the work of the new Main Military-Political Administration of the Russian Armed Forces.
Here are just a few of the very many historical topics the collection can support:
Members of the public are welcome to use the Centre for research. Please search the catalogue before you visit to identify which items you would like to use.
Visits are by prior appointment only.
The image we have used is a modification of an image of the Borodino monument. We selected it as it commemorates two significant Russian battles – from 1812 and 1941. It has been modified and used by kind permission of the photographer Dennis Jarvis.