It appears our prior reporting on Barry and Russell have been mistaken. It is with regret we are issuing this retraction. It seems Barry and Russell were forgiven early by Professor Rowan and were in his employ studying the Pokémon of the Sinnoh region. Russell has no connection to the former Team Glactic, but instead was responsible for stopping many of the cults nefarious plots. It was him who stopped them from siphoning energy at Valley Windworks. He did not hold Pokémon Hostage in Eterna City, but instead rescued them. He did not steal Dawn's Pokédex but recovered it. And it was him who defeated Cyrus atop Mount Coronet. All that being said, this reporter and news agency is still of the opinion that Russell should not be trusted.
Maybe you think of it as a cop out, but I was never going to end Russell's story with him as a criminal.