Yuliana Glinka

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Yuliana Dmitrievna Glinka
Native name Russian: Юлиана Дмитриевна Глинка
Born 1844
Orel, Russia
Died 1918

Yuliana Dmitrievna Glinka (Russian: Юлиана Дмитриевна Глинка; 1844–1918) was a Russian occultist who became associated with theosophy and claims of a Jewish conspiracy.[1]


Glinka was born to a prominent family in Orel, Russia. Her grandfather, Colonel Fyodor Nikolaevich Glinka was investigated as a leader of "a secret society of mystics" during Prince Alexander Nikolayevich Golitsyn's investigation of masonic lodges following the Decembrist uprising of 1825. Fyodor Tolstoy testified that although he was a mystic he was "a loyal officer of the Empire".

Yuliana's father, Dmitri Feodorovich Glinka, became a general and entered the diplomatic service. As a result, she spent time in Portugal and Brazil where her father was posted. She probably became interested in spiritualism while in Brazil. She lived in Rio de Janeiro, and at Petropolis, in the Serra dos Órgãos, home of Emperor Dom Pedro II of Brazil. With her father and sisters she traveled with Dom Pedro to Minas Gerais, visiting Ouro Preto and Diamantina, both very old cities with mystical associations.

In Brazil, Yuliana became acquainted with Candomblé, a Brazilian version of Caribbean Santería. She also read about the Fox sisters and their encounters with "the Spirit World" in New York, United States.

In 1857, the family returned to Russia, and Yuliana's older sister married Vsevolod Solovyov, the brother of Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov. But the honeymoon did not last. In no time at all, the aspiring writer Soloviev succeeded in seducing Yuliana, the 13-year-old sister of his bride.

Family connections got Yuliana a position as maid of honour to Tsaritsa Maria Alexandrovna. Yuliana spent little time at Tsarskoe Selo, home of the Romanovs. She spent most of her time in Paris where she became involved with the theosophists and other occultists. Through her uncle, General Orzheyevsky, she became involved with Pyotr Rachkovsky of the Okhrana, the Imperial Russian secret service.[2]


  1. ^ Johnson, Dominique (22 May 2016). "Theosophy and Ariosophy: Adolf Hitler's Ideological Influences in National Socialism?". the Academician Theosophical. WordPress. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Butterworth, Alex (15 June 2010). The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. p. 182. ISBN 0307379035. Retrieved 13 March 2017. [Rachkovsky's] 'Trojan Horse' appears to have been a young woman by the name of Yuliana Glinka, the granddaughter of a colonel whose Masonic affiliations had led to his arrest for involvement in the Decembrists' plot of 1825 against Tsar Nicholas I. Glinka had inherited her forebear's fascination with mysticism along with his taste for conspiracy. Recommended by a high-ranking family friend, she plunged into the city's occult subculture as Rachkovsky's proxy. In this she was helped no end by the sponsorship of Juliette Adam, the feminist wife of an ex-prefect of police and senator, who had been the doyenne of literary-political Paris for the best part of two decades, and was now editor of the influential Nouvelle Revue. It was perhaps no coincidence that three years earlier, when visiting St. Petersburg, Adam had dined in the homes of some of the most generous funders of the Holy Brotherhood. By the end of 1884, when Glinka's lover arrived from Russia, she was fully immersed in a demi-monde of dizzying complexity. Madame Blavatsky, who Glinka now numbered among her friends, was the cousin of Sergei Witte, and her works were published in Russia by the arch-nationalist journalist and ideologue Mikhail Katkov;