Turkey: Istanbul Redevelopment Plan Threatens Historic Russian Orthodox Church

Hagia Elia, a Russian Orthodox church, may be demolished to make room for a high-end tourism hub. (Photo: Matilda Pinon)

In June, Turkey experienced the worst anti-government protests in decades over plans to redevelop Gezi Park in central Istanbul. Now, a historic church once used by Russian refugees fleeing the 1917 Bolshevik Coup is at the center of a fresh controversy over the city’s development ambitions.

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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.

Turkey: Istanbul Redevelopment Plan Threatens Historic Russian Orthodox Church

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