The varroa resistance is appealing, but folks around here also talk of their tendency to swarm a lot.
when they first started raising Russians they did swarm a lot, but the last few years they have cut the swarming way down with selective breeding, the Russians I work with now are real gentle and hardly ever swarm, it's a big difference from a year's ago Russians, they are some real nice bee's, I have been working with a member ( Dwight Porter
) of the Russian Queen Breeders Association for about 4 years now, I have one of those Russian breeder queen mothers in my back yard now that I am going to raise from crossed with my feral's to see how they do... there are only 17 members
in the Russian breeder program so dont think there are a lot of people, most big time queen breeders get there breeder queens from these members, most are crossed with other lines when you get them from the big breeders, if you get your queens from the members of the Russian breeder program you will get the good Russian queens, they have strict breeding guide lines
to keep the Russian lines as pure as possible...