Vladimir Putin is shown here waving to the crowd during a recent trip to Ulan Bator (Улаанбаатар or Ulaanbaatar), Mongolia. Given what is transpiring in Ukraine, his timing was interesting - for his trip was largely ceremonial where he laid a wreath at the grave of Georgy Zhukov (Гео́ргий Жу́ков) a legendary Soviet War hero.
As with all politicians, here the Russian President is attempting to project outwardly one emotion – while he is really feeling another one. In the real world this happens many times a day - politics or otherwise. In addition, it is also possible that two different emotions are being sincerely experienced simultaneously or nearly so (emotional dissonance). Sussing out the difference and – in the case of the second scenario – discerning which emotion is more dominant - is crucial beyond words.
Vladimir's primary emotion here is disgust. We cannot say what exactly about which he is disgusted - for that we need more context - yet disgust is the bulk of his emotional tone in this moment. His mouth expression indicates an attempt at a social smile - with a very low sincerity quotient. What do you think was Mr. Putin's dominant emotion two or three seconds earlier? What signs here lead you to this conclusion?
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2941: Barack Obama at NATO Summit - Split Finger Fastball & the Dominant Spider
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2937: Vladimir Putin - “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks” and Critical Evaluation
Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 1889: Vladimir Putin & Barack Obama at the G-20
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2511: Barack Obama & Vladimir Putin Handshake at 2013 G20 Meeting
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2939: Barack Obama in Tallinn, Estonia - Body Language Tells