Russia conducted another test launch of the Bulava missile from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine early morning on December 9, 2009. The is no official information about the launch (or even a confirmation of the fact that it took place), but the word is that this time it was the third stage that malfunctioned.
It was the twelfth test launch of the missile and third failure in a row. Previous test took place on July 15th, 2009. In the beginning of November Dmitry Donskoy went to sea with a missile on board, but the test was apparently cancelled at the last minute.
Ironically, Sevmash confirmed today that it will start construction of a fourth submarine of the Project 955 class on December 22, 2009, as it was reported earlier.
UPDATE 12/10/09: Jonathan McDowell comments on the spiral.