Dmitry Glinka graduated from the boarding school of Saint Petersburg University in 1824. On January 17, 1825, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and began his diplomatic career, holding posts such as second secretary at the Russian embassy in Copenhagen (since May, 1831), chief secretary in Stockholm (since March, 1837), and then counsellor in Berlin (since July, 1846). While in Stockholm, Dmitry Glinka served as charge d'affairs from May 22, 1841 until March 14, 1844. He was promoted to the rank of state councillor on March 25, 1844. Some six years later Dmitry Glinka was appointed charge d'affairs at the House of Hesse-Darmstadt, House of Hesse-Kassel, and House of Nassau. On April 8, 1851, he was promoted to state councillor in deed. In 1853, Dmitry Glinka was dispatched to Frankfurt am Main, where he would develop a rapport with Otto von Bismarck. Being a supporter of an alliance between Russia, France and Prussia, Dmitry Glinka was trying to impede the anti-Russian policy of Otto Theodor von Manteuffel, a Prussian foreign minister. On June 8, 1853, he was dismissed as charge d'affairs at the House of Hesse and then three years later appointed envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Brazil, becoming privy councillor in April 1863. In 1871, Dmitry Glinka was transferred to Lisbon to act as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary, remaining on this post until his death. On April 12, 1881, he was promoted to privy councillor in deed.
Dmitry Glinka was awarded the Order of Saint Stanislaus, 1st class (1855), Order of St. Anna, 1st class (1860), Order of St. Vladimir, 2nd class (1866), and Order of the White Eagle (1875). He is the author of Esquisse d'une théorie du droit naturel (Berlin, 1835) and La philosophie du droit ou explication des rapports sociaux (Paris, 1842).
This article includes content derived from the Russian Biographical Dictionary, 1896–1918.
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