This post is the second from Vladimir Putin's press conference earlier this week regarding the crisis in Ukraine. At multiple occasions during this video, the Russian President exhibited a unilateral eyebrow elevation. For example, in the image and moment highlighted below (0:54 seconds), this nonverbal indicates doubt and disbelief and contradicts his simultaneous definitive statement "... I am convinced that Ukrainian personnel and Russian personnel will not be on different sides ...". In addition his "Finger-Point Hand Chop" in same this cluster-context is also strongly consistent with deception.
Notice also the intriguing use of the double-negative: ".. will not be on different sides ...".
Mr. Putin routinely "leaks" a unilateral forehead and eyebrow elevation in disparity with his verbal statements. This body language sign is a common tell of dishonesty. Mr. Putin displays it much more often than he realizes. Of course, Vladimir does not have a monopoly on this nonverbal as plenty of American politicians show this body language on a daily basis.
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