I don't believe that there is a lot of systematic difference "on the ice" because each school has
several coaches with their own approaches. For example, in CSKA there is Buyanova (Vodorezova)
coaching Sotnikova and Kovtun, and Goncharenko coaching Radionova (she was also the first coach
of Sotnikova). In Sambo70 Tutberidze coaches Yulia, Medvedeva, Pitkeev and Voronov, while Tsareva coaches
Pogorilaia in other group. These four coaches are all quite different.
The struggle I meant goes behind the scene: "working with judges and federation", some times "black PR" etc
(what was called "toxic atmosphere" in other post here). CSKA is more influential in FS federation,
especially their guru Tatiana Tarasova, and, as posted here, they don't like the others.
It's a kind of relations between old aristocracy (CSKA rooted in now old soviet times) and "parvenues"
suddenly entering the main scene. Read the remarkable life story of Eteri Tutberidze, if you did n't yet, to better see the
I think the best russian baby is Maria Sotskova, she is so stylish and jazzy.. she will be the next Carolina Kostner.. she is very diferent of others russian, all Slutskaya o Butyrskaya copies..Sotskova is really a little Kostner
My personal favorite among russian babies is Alexandra Proklova, because she can be different, she can do lyrical program or ballet or something dancing. She was so inpressive at the Russian Nationals! But it's difficult to predict how her body will change and how it will affect her jumps.
I like Serafima, she has one of the best SS among all this girls, and very expressive arms. But i want her to try something new, not always be a nice lyrical girl. And i also have some bad feelings about her growth, she already look not so thin and more mature than other girls of the same age. Puberty may affect her earlier then other Russian baby-girls. And her jumping technique not exellent, she also sits very deep on her landing leg after landing.