It looks like the recent hot summer in Russia and the wildfires stuff have caused a volte-face (though probably only temporary) according to Time: Will Russia’s Heat Wave End Its Global-Warming Doubts?. Quite a few people have died, though most of them seem to have died of being drunk. Which suggests that adaption may be a useful strategy. And of course climatologically one summer means very little.
Apparently Medvedev has gone from We will not cut our development potential to
practically everything is burning. The weather is anomalously hot… What’s happening with the planet’s climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate
Still, who cares what the monkey says, the question muct be what does the organ-grinder say? Nothing so far. I don’t think that Russia has ever really believed GW – as the Time article went on to say, for them it is all some Western conspiracy and they don’t understand or care. They had their own funny climate conference in 2003 and they used to get the vice-chairship of the IPCC as a bone. But that was in the days when the Chair was from the US; that kind of stuff seems to have gone now .