Russell started this train on it's a one way track ... and there is no turning around ... regardless of what lies ahead.
While it's true that Russell started this train, I would hardly blame him for the current mess the organization finds itself in. After all what Russell founded was a publishing house, keep in mind that the various congregations were all autonomous. The Society had no say in local matters. It was Rutherford who took control of the congregations, and turned the organization into a Brooklyn Vatican. That was never Russell's intention.
Of course we can say since Russell started the Watchtower, then he is to blame. If that's the case, why not blame the Adventist, if it weren't for them and William Miller, there would be Watchtower, better yet, let's blame Jesus, since he started Christianity.