Congratulations for stepping forward into the light and adding your voice (very interesting voice, if I may say so) to the chorus of Basenotes.
Cuir de Russie is a challenge, even for me, and I love challenging perfumes, so I commend you on your choice.
Of course, I've only smelled the vintage CdR, and it was quite leathery and, ahem, fecal.
I bet the green fragrance you smelled was the new Bel Respiro, which I bet I will like, having acquired a major attraction for green scents.
I love to read "fragrance safari" anecdotes. Enjoyed yours thoroughly.