An anon asked me about him too haha. I feel the same as you do but I liked Russell in a way. His ridiculousness and self deprecating humor amused me. I enjoyed his storyline with Claire when they were in a relationship and after.
I wouldn’t say he was one of my favorite characters but I didn’t dislike him. I thought that he was bizarre in a funny way like a lot of parts of the show. I think the most bizarre thing on SFU was this: