Russel is a former first-year student at Beacon Academy.
Russel is a member of Team CRDL. He is seen to often delight in taking part in his team's bullying antics.
Velvet is a victim of bullying by Cardin Winchester, with Russel and his fellow team members taking part by laughing at her and Russel himself calling her a freak. It appears their actions are motivated by her status as a Faunus.
Despite him being their team leader, when an Ursa begins attacking Cardin, he and the other members of CRDL were quick to abandon Cardin and save themselves.