It took more than one year to get a search and seizure warrant.
The seizure of property began in earnest in 2003 after the arrest of the president of the Yukos oil company, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Russian authorities meanwhile have denied any responsibility for the seizure of the two airports in the region.
seizure sei·zure (sē'zhər)
A sudden attack, spasm, or convulsion, as in epilepsy.
A sudden episode of transient neurologic symptoms such as involuntary muscle movements, sensory disturbances and altered consciousness. A seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which is often diagnosed on an electroencephalogram. See also epilepsy.