The Barguzin rail-mobile ICBM project just doesn't want to die. After a report about the program being cut (which I consider quite reliable) we have seen a number of stories that suggest that some work continues - first, an industry source was quoted as saying that "some elements of the system" are being built, and now Yuri Solomonov of MITT is saying that the first "pop-up" tests of the missile will take place in the fourth quarter of 2016.

There is no contradiction here, in fact. Even if the program funding was cut (as it apparently was), it makes perfect sense for MITT to continue the work with their own funds, hoping that the funding get restored in fatter years (assuming that they will come).