Everyday “It Fell Apart” publishes pictures, documentary and feature films, eyewitnesses’ stories, excerpts from books and documents. We make posts relevant to the current news on a regular basis. For example, we posted about Soviet troops withdrawal from Afghanistan on the day of the first Russian withdrawal from Syria.
The Anarchists’ Barricade near the White House
We started this group at the times of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014: the confrontation at the Maidan Square, military clashes in the Crimea, the takeovers of city administrative buildings in Kharkiv and Luhansk, the first blood during the war.
That summer we were exchanging pictures and tapes of the late USSR period, bringing back memories of what happened 25 years ago through the actual news headlines. It reminded us long-forgotten newspapers: we speak about protesters’ clashes with OMON Special Police Unit (Russian loose equivalent for SWAT) in Riga and Vilnius, using army in Tbilisi, the war campaign in South Ossetia, pogroms against Armenians in Baku. We want to show how people saw those events — and we try to recreate the course of history. Russian school completely misses out the story of the 1980-90s. TV shows ignore these topics as well. On the rare occasion of remembering these events, they are labelled in a strictly negative way, disregarding that it was a colossal experience of social transformation.
“It Fell Apart” represents a system of interconnected groups in social networks. History is the main focus of our research study. In other words, it is a new cross-platform approach to the media. We do not limit ourselves to geography or a specific time period, yet our core, most appealing to our audience topic is the newest history of ex-USSR and the Eastern bloc countries.
After three years the audience of “It Fell Apart” reached 115,000. Summing up the whole family of our historical groups, our audience amounts to half a million followers. Here are some of our projects:
Our powerful presence in social networks gave mighty boost to our launch. We published the book in June 2017, and by February 2018 we had already sold more than 4,000 copies and organized presentations in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. While composing this anthology, we analyzed the newsfeeds of that period, compared what and how the future public opinion champions were saying. On the other hand, we interviewed active participants, eyewitnesses and those who lived during those years: an activist, a narcologist, a ufologist, a businessman, a retired, a sectarian, an environmentalist, an engineer, a refugee, a musician.
To analyze the miners’ movement, the funeral market and the problems of special storages we interviewed the relevant experts.
“It Fell Apart” is published by the Dmitry Pozharsky University Publishing House, a subsidiary of Russian Foundation for Education and Science Support. It publishes the popular scientific literature about sociological, philosophical, geopolitical, ethnographical and religious studies.
The publishing house issued books by Immanuel Wallerstein, the creator of world-systems approach to analysis, György Lukács, the founder of Budapest school of philosophy, Ahmed Rashid , a Central Asia expert, Georgy Derlugyan, a researcher of guerrilla movements, Edward Luttwak, the creator of geoeconomics concept.
The composition of “It Fell Apart” is an attempt to overcome the collective injuries of the isolated 90s epoch together with the group subscribers. The true success of “It Fell Apart”, both the group and the book, is sourcing the user-generated content like family stories or pictures from family archives.
The first part of “It Fell Apart” anthology was naturally unable to cover all the issues. Many relevant topics of the 90s’ history were missed out from the book and will partly be explained in the second book of “It Fell Apart” anthology. We want to dwell on organized crime, history of dance music, separatism, cooperative cinema, history of psychotherapy and the crash of Socialist regimes in Eastern Bloc.
We are also working on publishing the anthology about the First Chechen War and the popular scientific anthology “Junta Express” about Sub-Saharan Africa.
Idi Amin, President of Uganda