He had an extensive history of legal problems with multiple arrests detailed in the FBI Database. Presumably has had recent arrests, with what appears to be a current mugshot in his file. While unclear, seems to have spent most of his life in the vicinity of the Ozarks with arrests in the nearby Camden County on 02/14/2010 and 08/01/2010.
However, he was arrested in 2007 in Jefferson City, MO for soliciting a 19 year old male prostitute which indicates he did leave the Ozark region on occasion.
Russ and Ruth do not get along, and seem to have a great deal of contempt for one another. Russ often gets into heated arguments with his niece, and the two seem to have differing aspirations. Russ does not seem to trust Ruth because her personality has traits that are reminiscent of her father Cade.
Like with Wyatt, Russ seems to have a good relationship with his youngest son Three. Russ sometimes does not disclose important details to Three because he is the youngest.
Despite raising his children in a less than ideal environment, Russ seems to be a decent father to Wyatt as the two have a good relationship, and Russ often praised Wyatt for his intellect, and aspired to lift him out of poverty.
Russ becomes romantically involved with FBI agent, Roy Petty, after the agent uses a fishing excursion to establish contact and build rapport. Agent Petty, gay himself, is aware of Russ's history with male prostitutes uses this information to build a relationship. Though the two appear to have legitimate feelings for one another, Agent Petty originally only engaged to gain leverage and information regarding Marty Byrde's illicit activities.