Has anyone actually looked into the logistics of this? It doesn't seem that hard to get a temporary residence permit. You fill out an online form and then most likely mail docs to your local embassy or consulate and then maybe they conduct an interview. I think that would give you three years in Russia and it seems pretty easy to get permanent residency as well after that. The only question I have is how to transition financially. I assume you can't operate with American banks so how would you access your cash while you transition to Russian institutions?
Fly with gold?