At Budapest they said the upcoming week.
The advisory council of Russian federation will be made soon and the final composition of the Russian Olympic team will be named on January 23.
Source is the homepage of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FFKK) info was published 19.01.2014.
At this point you would have to atleast consider Voronov as well (although sadly I doubt he will be named).
Russian forums are a buzz about the test skate. While Maxim's Euros performance won't help matters, he has Tarasova in his corner. Mishin apparently lost a lot of lobbying power after Elizaveta and Artur failed to meet expectations.
If you shoot at the king, you better not miss. Kovtun missed.
Kovtun flubbing the FS was predictable. Sure he was fine at CoR and Nationals---small stuff. He just can't seem to deliver when the pressure is on. If he couldn't handle Worlds 2013 and Euros 2014, how could he handle the Olympics?
Do they have to announce who the guy is before day one of competition? I say keep it secret until game time.