See Putin's Legal Vertical: Kremlin Seeks To Consolidate Court System
Conflicting court decisions by the two courts are given as the rationale for the consolidation. Putin is quoted as saying:
"People take a dispute before courts of general jurisdiction and then the side that is unsatisfied with the ruling appeals with the same question to the arbitration system and receives the opposite ruling."That reasoning is understandable enough, without attaching speculative political significance to the development, which may, or may not, bear upon the question.