xelandru1 wrote: I see, I should look more into this myself... It's nice to find out more as you go. Do you have any plans to move or is it where you would live if you were to live in Russia?
You need to contact the local Russian Embassy. Getting a visa to visit is often not easy now and moving here with no relatives and such is difficult. Getting permanent residency can be a years long and difficult process. For starters to get residency you have to display fluency in Russian and a good knowledge of Russian history. law and culture. One can't just pop on over and drop anchor.
You are only 17, you are not mature enough to make such a life decision and your school education is not complete. Life in Russia can be difficult to an extreme but if you know the culture before you come here it can be heaven on earth, operative term being 'can be'. For a small look at Russian contemporary culture as far as Sevastopol is concerned, read the introduction to this:
Click on the 'look inside' book cover. That gives you an idea of our culture in Sevastopol and Krimu, how we speak and how we act. Can you live with that? Can you live for the next twenty odd years of meeting me and my wife at for instance Island Restaurant and addressing us in public as Tovarich and Madame Starshi Sarjant? Here, my wife carries my rank socially and in any military or public event you may or may not meet us in you will address us in such manner if and until we tell you otherwise and at public events, civilian or military, you will always refer to us thusly, no exceptions. This is one tiny cultural item you must follow, there are a lot more.
Russia may seem to you to be exotic and different and to an extent it is, but at your age you are in no stage of maturity to make such a decision. Finish your education, get your higher education degree, get some life under your belt. Then, after you study Russia, and to understand Russia you must start with a deep study of Byzantium for Mother Russia is the heir to that culture lock, stock and religion, you can make a decision to come to a culture that is as different from yours as night is to day.