One can't compare the US training conditions to those in Russia. Most Russian skaters depend on Federation support in EVERYTHING. Hence, Russian athletes has very little choice but abide to what they are being told. Especially elite athletes. While I don't particularly like that, I also don't think the Federation would like the athletes to fail. And while athletes may not like it, it may be the best option for them to follow the lead, especially when you are young 16 y.o kid.