In my experience, the JWs always seemed to shy away from much association from the term "Russellites". Most are wiling to accept that Bible Students took on the name Jehovah's Witnesses, but they seem to disavow much association with the term "Russellites".
Is this perception true? Does anyone know if there is anything in their literature after 1931 where they admit they are the same group as the Russellites?
I am aware that the Russellites splintered off into several smaller sects (which is why they might want to disavow them), but that also happened under the Bible Student name and the Jehovah's Witness name, too.