Russia needs one now because there's plenty of interest in Arctic region that has plenty of natural gas and crude oil. The fleet was not used as much in the last 25 years, Last week St Petersburg hosted International Arctic forum that was attended by leaders (presidents, prime ministers, and other ministers) of the countries of the Arctic region as well as representatives from than 50 countries. : THE INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC FORUM | 9–10 APRIL 2019International Arctic Forum «Arctic: Territory of Dialogue»Russia has a powerful icebreaker fleet, because it needs one. If you really think Russia is a global shipping power, go ahead.
Russia has a good railway network and can reach seaport in Novorossiysk (Black sea) , Crimea (Black sea) via newly built bridge connecting continental Russia and Crimean peninsula. St-Petersburg seaport on Baltic sea or Nakhodka (Japanese sea) from Siberia is no problem. Moreover , Lithuania and Latvia would be happy to accept freight from Russia in their se ports. They are making money. Belarus uses Lithuanian port in Klaipeda as it is closest. 25% of Belalrusian freight goes into Latvian port now. Both countries are competing for Belarusian freight. Latvia is trying to win Belarusian freight in they seaport