Wow, that's a serious reply, and I do vaguely remember having a prior conversation with you and that you are Russian.
Now to proceed with my answer, have you probably read "Guns, germs and steel" by Jared Diamond? In that book the author asks a question why different civilizations have developed differently by the time the world became global, and his answer is that very basically it boils down to geographic factors.
In a similar manner it can be argued that for the foreseeable future Russia won't be a lucrative place to live for a young aspiring adult, because it is cheaper to produce new fantastic gadgets in the South Asia and it's more profitable to design them in the U.S. Russia falls in between, with the climate which increases the costs of production and the economy which does not allow for serious levels of irrecoverable costs (i.e. engineering labor). This pretty much means that the economy of Russia won't boom, and as a boomerang effect its middle class won't rise economically and aspire to claim political leadership.
So yes, it would be a lie to tell young people that there's a better future for them in Russia, because clearly the U.S. is the better place for a young aspiring person. This doesn't mean that it's not possible to make a living in Russia doing either science, engineering or business, and there are notable examples which prove that point (Kaspersky, ABBYY, Yotaphone, etc, etc), but it's also pretty clear that all that's left out to Russia is niche products.
And the only way to argue with geography is to change your own location, so yes, it is about personal choices, there will be always people who prefer to leave and nothing can be done about that.