Russell is a city in Greenup County, Kentucky, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 3,645 at the 2000 census. Russell is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649. Russell has close economic affiliations with its neighbors, Ashland, Flatwoods, and Ironton, Ohio. Part of the city is located within one of Ashland's postal ZIP codes.
Russell is located at 38°31′5″N 82°41′52″W / 38.51806°N 82.69778°W / 38.51806; -82.69778 (38.518176, -82.697680).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), all of it land.