The thermal properties of coordination compounds of the composition Cu(NCS)2L2 (whereL=pyridine, 2-, 3- and 4-picoline, and 2,3-, 2,4-, 2,5-, 2,6-, 3,4- and 3,5-lutidine) are dealt with. The thermal decomposition of these compounds begins with the release of the ligandL. The compounds with pyridine derivatives containing a methyl substituent at position 2 show a markedly decreased initial decomposition temperature. It was found that X-ray irradiation caused a reduction of the central atom Cu(II) in the coordination compounds under investigation. X-ray electron spectra data showed the stability of the compounds Cu(NCS)2L2 withL=picoline or lutidine having a methyl substituent at position 2 to be distinctly lower in the surface layers. From the given series, the compounds Cu(NCS)2(pyridine)2 and Cu(NCS)2(3,5-lutidine)2 exhibit an analogous course of thermal decomposition in nitrogen atmosphere up to 600°. The stoichiometries of thermal decomposition are discussed.