Saltykov, Mikhail Glebovich

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Saltykov, Mikhail Glebovich


(“Krivoi,” the “one-eyed”). Died before 1621. Russian political figure of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Boyar from 1601.

Saltykov took part in the negotiations with the Polish embassy of Chancellor L. Sapieha in 1600 and 1601 and headed the Russian embassy to Poland in 1601 and 1602. He took part in the conspiracy against the first False Dmitrii, but he was sent away from Moscow after the coronation of V. I. Shuiskii and named voevoda (military governor) of Ivangorod; later he was made voevoda of Oreshek. He fled to Tushino in 1609, where he headed the most extreme pro-Polish faction of the Russian nobility. Saltykov headed an embassy of Russian magnates to Sig-ismund III near Smolensk; the embassy concluded an agreement on electing Wiadisiaw IV Vasa the Russian tsar (February 1610).

From the autumn of 1610, Saltykov was an aide to the Polish commander in Moscow, A. Gaąsiewski. He sought to convince Patriarch Germogen to denounce the first Russian home guard.

In October 1611, Saltykov and Prince lu. N. Trubetskoi headed a Russian embassy to Poland; they demanded that new Polish forces, as well as Władysław himself, be dispatched to Moscow. Saltykov never returned to Russia from Poland. He received large landholdings in Smolensk Województwo from Sigismund III.


Platonov, S. F. Ocherki po istorii smuty v Moskovskom gosudarstve XVI–XVII vv. Moscow, 1937.
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