Two brothers, one with ties to a UK-Russia joint oil venture, have been arrested in Moscow and accused of industrial espionage, the BBC reports. Ilya and Alexander Zaslavsky were charged after yesterday's raid on oil giant TNK-BP, but analysts say Russia's interest in the matter goes beyond spying, as the country angles to re-assert control over its oil industry.
The raid echoes a similar 2003 event, Reuters adds, which eventually led to the destruction of the Yukos oil company. TNK-BP is Russia’s third-largest oil company—and the only one not under the Kremlin's thumb. The arrests have further soured relations between Britain and Russia, under strain since the 2006 murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.