Several Rosneft Vice Presidents Could Quit

Several Rosneft vice presidents could leave the company in the near future, including senior managers in charge of finance and exports, sources inside the company said, Interfax reported Sunday.

Among the five or six executives that may be preparing to leave are Dmitry Bogdanov, who is in charge of export and transportation, chief accountant Sun Ne Kim and vice president for finance Anatoly Baranovsky, sources said.

Rosneft's press service declined to comment on the possible reshuffle, Interfax reported.

News of the possible management shakeup came on the eve of Sunday's State Duma elections, and amid a series of high-profile shakeups at the top of government ministries and large state-controlled companies.

After President Vladimir Putin reshuffled his Cabinet in September, replacing Mikhail Fradkov with Viktor Zubkov as prime minister, a number of top jobs have changed hands.

Most prominent in the recent reshuffle have been the move of former Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref to head up Sberbank, the country's largest state-owned bank, and the move of former Transneft chief Semyon Vainshtok to head the state corporation preparing for the Sochi Winter Olympics. Putin has indicated that the reorganization at the top of state-run enterprises may continue for some months.

On Friday, MMD, Rosneft's external public relations agency, announced that its contract with the company had been terminated at short notice.