I am a young guy (20) from the West who is very much interested in all things Russian, with a particular emphasis on the Russian Military (which of course is the whole reason I registered on this forum).
Like many others on this forum I have even considered learning some Russian and taking advantage of the 5 year contracts for foreigners offered by the Russian army after I finish University (1 year to go). I have yet to make a concrete decision on this however as I wanted to get some more information about it.
I have a "sort of" personal connection to Russia: my great uncle was a Greek living in Odessa or thereabouts and he and his family continued to speak Russian and keep some Russian customs even when the family moved. Stories about him from my grandmother about him are probably what first sparked my interest in Russian things as a child.
Anyway, looking forward to meeting you all and having some great discussions about Russia!