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Developers threaten historic Istanbul church

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Russian Orthodox worshippers light candles at St Elijah's Church in Istanbul
Russian Orthodox worshippers light candles at St Elijah's Church in Istanbul Reuters/Murad Sezer

Earlier this year the Turkish government’s plans to redevelop Istanbul provoked the worst civil unrest in decades. Now a historic church once used by Russian refugees fleeing the revolution is the focus of new controversy.