If you have experience with other tortoises and are looking for another to keep as a pet, then the Russian Tortoise may be a good choice.
One of the biggest problems with these tortoises is that those available are almost always imported, and thus they often undergo extreme amounts of stress and have internal parasites when you receive your Russian Tortoise. In addition, these tortoises often become unhealthy when they are not allowed to hibernate and only healthy Russian Tortoises should be allowed to hibernate, so this is another problem in and of itself. The Russian Tortoise may not be a good choice for a beginning tortoise keeper to own. Once they are healthy they can make good pets, but any purchaser should know that most of these tortoises are not healthy upon arrival. They should be checked by a reptile veterinarian as soon as possible after purchasing them. It has been reported that the average lifespan of the Russian Tortoise is about 50 years.