As far as american journalists writing about Russia go, NY Times's Clifford J. Levy is probably the most objective person I know. He was based in Moscow from 2006 to 2010 and took his whole family to Russia with him.
Here's a story about his kids experiences. It's not unique, but it's great.
"But when I became a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, my wife and I decided that we wanted to immerse them in life abroad. No international schools where the instruction is in English. Ours would go to a local one, with real Russians. When we told friends in Brooklyn of our plans, they tended to say things like, Wow, you’re so brave. But we knew what they were really thinking: What are you, crazy? <...>. To throw our kids into a Russian school — that seemed like child abuse."
p.s. unfortunately he no longer writes about Russia, he's now "deputy editor of The New York Times's Metro section" since March 2011.