🇷🇺 Russian seismic research vessel Akademik Primakov (MMSI:273392760) is certainly looking for something in the Kara Sea at 5kn. (Before you get too excited, it could be mapping the Arctic shelf, to aid in Russian claims to it.)
h/t @nobit7
🇷🇺 Russian Project 21900M icebreaker Vladivosok (MMSI:273376280) has dropped anchor in the Kara Sea. I guess that's cheaper than burning diesel moving the largest non-nuclear icebreaker in the Russian fleet around...

🇷🇺 Russian Project 21900M icebreaker Vladivosok (MMSI:273376280) has been conducting (presumably) ice clearing operations off the East coast of... you guessed it... Novaya Zemlya.

...but that doesn't really prove anything; it's an icebreaker after all.

(there is still no edit function in @Twitter, or I'd correct my double typo of Vladivostok - @jack)
🇷🇺 Russian Project 21900M icebreaker Novorossiysk (MMSI:273389730) is still on station off the East coast of Novaya Zemlya, where Vladivostok was hanging out, and satellite imagery from earlier in August looks pretty clear of ice (it's summer, eh).
🇷🇺 Russian research vessel Koningin Juliana (IMO:7420974|MMSI:273381960) is in currently in Guba Belushya, the "big city" on Novaya Zemlya.
They arrived from Murmansk 2018-07-29.
Specifications from her sale in 2014:
🇷🇺 Russian research vessel Ivan Gubkin (IMO:9610171|MMSI:273399120) has been operating in the Barents Sea, just Southwest of Novaya Zemlya, about 24nm from the coast... wait, what? o.0
🇷🇺 Russian Salvage/Rescue Tug Murmanryba (IMO:7830868|MMSI:273217800) is also conducting operations, doing survey-like patterns, about the same distance from the shore of Novaya Zemlya, in the Barents Sea. o.0
IF there is presently an operation to recover a nuclear-powered cruise missile, IF it was shore-launched, IF it was shot ~22 "miles" into the ocean... Where was it launched? There's no reason to believe the two research vessels who are surveying are looking for that specifically.
There is also a cluster of Russian naval assets further south, including diving support vessels and tugs... but again; where was the nuclear-fueled missile launched from? There needs to be a test (launch) site within ~20-something miles of these search locations.
Thanks to the work of e_maksimov

(cited by @bibken, @russianforces)

The launch site for the missile test (one of four) was at 73.12° N, 53.27° E
h/t @bibken for pointing this one out too

As @border9999 pointed out, there was this environmental survey for radiation conducted in June 2018. At the time, I thought it seemed odd to suddenly get interested in the radiation from decades old nuclear testing... but maybe it wasn't random at all.
Hans Kristensen (Director, Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists) spoke with The Verge and gave an excellent overview of what is involved in finding the nuclear-powered missile, and the risks.
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