BP's finance chief does not believe there is any evidence to support the story that the oil giant's chief executive was once poisoned in a Russian plot.
Bob Dudley, the American boss of the British oil major, was thought to have been forced to leave Moscow in 2008 after blood test results showed he was slowly being poisoned, British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph reported, citing a former employee of BP.
"I think that firmly sits in the category of urban myth," Brian Gilvary told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe" on Tuesday. "I served on the TNK board for two terms, one with Bob and one when Bob left, but the story seems to do the rounds every three, four or five years."
"I think it is a complete urban myth and there is absolutely no substance to that story that we're aware of within the company," he added.
Rumors of the plot — which was said to have been orchestrated by Russian security services — first circulated in 2014.
At the time of the alleged incident, Dudley was running a profitable joint venture called TNK-BP.