Russian gas giant Gazprom is making a determined effort to gain a foothold in the UK by targeting landmark buildings as customers. The Guardian

It has started supplying power to York Minster, Headingley cricket ground and the City Point tower in London.

It also plans to target the NHS in a bid to increase its market share in Britain from 2% to 10% by 2010.

The energy company, chaired Dimitry Medvedev, first deputy prime minister of Russia and a presidential hopeful, also said it has not given up hopes of buying a big company in the UK, such as British Gas.