BP says more than 30 foreign TNK-BP employees to leave Russia temporarily

MOSCOW (AP) - BP has said that more than 30 foreign staff
at troubled oil producer TNK-BP will have to leave Russia
by the end of the month to renew their visas.

The company announced the news Thursday.

The departures loom as TNK-BP remains locked in a visa
dispute with the Russian authorities, after one of TNK-BP's
Russian executives asked the authorities in early April to
reduce the number of work permits for foreigners at the

TNK-BP, a 50-50 joint venture between BP and a group of
Russia investors, has been rocked by a bitter corporate
battle between the shareholders over strategy and the
number of BP-seconded employees at the venture.