Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3117: Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Putin - What Body Language Tells Us (PHOTO)

Boris Nemtsov, shown here shaking hands with Vladimir Putin, was murdered yesterday (shot in the back four times in broad daylight) less than 200 meters from the Kremilin and Red Square. Mr. Nemtsov, - a scientist and statesman, was also a successful politician under Boris Yeltsin. Since 2000, Nemtsov had been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. Mr. Nemtsov was in Moscow helping to organize a protest against Mr. Putin's policies regarding Russia's involvement in the Ukraine War.

This image was taken in July of 2000. Some may erroneously describe Putin's facial expression as a partial smile - however Vladimir's "false smile" is harboring a high degree of disgust. Note his considerable mid-face tension - more specifically the flaring of his nostril (only left on is visible), the tightening and narrowing of his upper lip and the primarily lateral-vectoring of his mouth corner (as opposed to upwards as it is with a sincere smile). His chin also displays dimpling.

Look at Putin's lower face in this picture for ten seconds. What emotion do you feel?

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3116: Leonard Nimoy and Disbelief - Body Language of Spock
Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3025: Vladimir Putin, Alpha Hand Signals and "The Claw"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3091: Vladimir Putin has Asperger's Syndrome according to Pentagon Report - Body Language Tells

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1889:  Vladimir Putin & Barack Obama at the G-20

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2443:  Kristen Wiig's Disgust & Fear Face -  Graham Norton, Chris O'Dowd and Fly Eating

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3041: Jim Harbaugh Body Language Tutorial

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2208:  President Obama & Mitt Romney in the Oval Office -  Multiple Body Language Tells 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2203:  A Body Language Metric of Intimacy and Affection -  How Do YOU cuddle?