What do you think of when you hear the word "community"? Probably the various groups you belong to and all those things that make you feel like you're part of something bigger than yourself, right? But in Breaking Stalin's Nose, community is pretty much the opposite. Even though people live jammed right up in each other's faces (forty-eight to an apartment!), there's no sense that these people share any common interests (except staying alive) or even really like each other. The only time we really see any kind of real community is at the very end of the book, when the nice lady in line at the prison offers Sasha a place to stay.
Stalin's "Communist 'WE'" is merely groupthink. According to Yelchin, there's no sense of individualism at all within those who subscribe to it.
Despite the paranoia and danger, we do see some people forming communities that have the potential to subtly stand against the totalitarian system.