I think at this stage the best bet for the Russian programme would be to contract one of the Chinese shipyards to manufacture some Shandong type hulls, propulsion and hotel systems (power, water, crew facilities), then fit them out with Russian combat / sensor systems and air wing. In an ideal world, I'd guess Russian would want four hulls, split between Northern and Pacific fleets, but realistically two is probably more sustainable in the long-term, with one in each fleet. The reduced maintenance overhead of the more modern design would likely mean two could be maintained for little more than the current Kuznetsov, which could finally be put out of it's misery.
I agreed. But this will ruined Putin's and some Russians national pride.