OK, this is absolutely the last thing I'll point out. See the graph you posted? See the footnote at the bottom: anomaly from 1961-90. Go look at the two temperature lines in the Russian economic "think tank" study (red and blue lines), from my posting #6 above. Note how the two temperature series are essentially identical, in fact literally overlay one another, from 1960 to the present. Conclusion: if you substituted the "think tank" temperatures for CRU, you would get the same chart that you posted. Russia would still be just as warm, relative to the 1961-90 baseline, using the "think tank" time series, as it appears above, using the CRU data. So when Watts posted this chart, with the snarky comment about how different things would look if CRU hadn't fudged the data, he literally didn't know what he was talking about. He's so intent on making his point that he either didn't actually look at the Russian think-tank analysis, or didn't bother to look at this chart. The Russian economic think-tank analysis agrees closely with the CRU temperatures for the time period depicted in that chart. The Russian think-tank analysis directly validates the warm Russian areas shown on your chart.