...is that there's no definite cause and effect between Madia and Bethsoft - it all goes through some dodgy Russian middleman - Buka.
For all we know Buka tried to screw Bethsoft, or got screwed by Bethsoft, and now Madia (and by extension YOU, gentle reader) are paying the price.
Bethsoft could well be witholding funds from Buka for some reason COMPLETELY unconnected to Madia or Echelon, or unconnected to the quality of Dev Team and game in any event.
As for Madia not having the funds to continue development on the patch - well that's fine. Don't continue it, say that you can't because developing patches costs money that you don't have and MOVE ON to the next project. I've seen a lot here about MORAL obligations Bethesda might have in this circumstance - BULLSHIT! Bethesda is a Publishing House which, last time I looked, was a company and not a charity. A deal is a deal is a deal. Buka and therefore Madia are entitled to exactly what the deal they've set up says they're entitled to. Whatever "fitness for purpose" axe that owners have to grind should be directed towards Bethesda, Buka and Madia equally - since they are both responsible for striking a deal that enables proper and timely development of the project whilst ensuring fitness for purpose.
I'm not saying I know anything or even believe it to be true, but for all we know Bethsoft is being asked to fork out extra money to get the Developer to fix bugs that are covered in the initial agreement. Seeing no way to recoup the costs that would be incurred, and maybe knowing that some of this money goes as a percentage to Buka, they might have dug their heels in over this. I seem to remember something about Developers being responsible for ensuring they have licenses for the software that they use - even if their deal means including the cost for such licenses in their advance from the Publisher.
Anyway - this is an emotive subject, but please remember that one statement that's true in this situation is this. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.