One of the advantages to being in the U.S. right now is that I can take care of some paperwork that will be needed for obtaining a residency permit. There are some documents from the U.S. side of it that are necessary. And since they're not as time-sensitive, it makes sense to do them now.
Then when I get to Russia in September, I can get them translated and notarized, in preparation for applying for residency in January, at which point I'll need to do the medical tests and so forth.
That's the current plan. But no guarantees. ;)