UPI has a post on Russia’s expanding presence in the Arctic. This of course got into their icebreaker building program and a couple of paragraphs caught my eye.
“‘One more vessel of this project is under construction, and there are plans to develop an even larger icebreaker,” Kozyulin said. “She will be designated LK-110Ya Lider, and will have an ice speed of 14 knots [about 15 mph], against the Arktika’s 6 knots.”
“The new icebreaker will be designed to clear passages in ice up to 150 feet wide. “Thanks to her broad hull capable of breaking ice up to 4.4 m thick, the Lider will ensure safe navigation of large vessels along the Northern Sea Route all year round,” Kozyulin added.”
And this one in particular,
Project 10520 icebreakers can also be converted into naval cruisers. The Sovetskiy Soyuz constantly carries part of the equipment necessary to do so; the rest is kept at a ground base.
This does refer to the older class, and they do not make the same claim about the new ships. The term cruiser does not necessarily carry the same meaning for the Russian press it does for US naval audiences.