Putin doesn't like candy

Putin doesn’t like candy

by Roman on June 4, 2008

Below is a strange video starring the former president of Russia – Vladimir Putin.

It is my belief that the best way to learn about success and how to get successful is to study carefully the people who already are good in what you strive for.

Vladimir Putin is one of the most powerful political leaders in the world. In the following video the former prime minister of Ukraine Victor Janukovich offers candy to Dmitry Medvedev – the new president of Russia – who happily accepts. When Vladimir Putin notices, Janukovich also offers some candy to Putin – he doesn’t accept.

This video is only 30 seconds long and in first glance rather insignificant. For some reason I was very intrigued by the video and watched it at least 10 times in a row.

It seems that Putin immediately sees when the Ukrainian ex prime minister takes the candy out of his pocket but does a face like he doesn’t notice it. After Medvedev willingly accepts the candy Putin suddenly “notices” but doesn’t accept. A few seconds after he slightly nods his head.

I’ve been studying people’s body language while being a door-to-door salesman and to me Putin’s head nodding shows that he is thinking about the situation and what he could have done differently.

Hopefully this video says something about the personalities of Russias ex and new presidents.
What do you think this video says?

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{ 6 comments }

OnuJack June 8, 2008 at 1:31 pm

This one is funny :)
I think you are right about Putin noticing the candy. He might have heard Kuchma taking the candy out. If you look closely you can see that Putin’s mouth starts moving like he is tasting something. This happens right after Kuchma starts the candyman act. It might be a coincidence but it seems that he (Putin) actually would like to have some of the candy but for some reason is not willing to accept it.
You also might have a point in the interpretation of Putin’s and Medvedev’s different reaction to the candy offer. Only time will tell if they have different styles of leadership and in the underlying values/philosophy.

In general Mr. Putin seems to be a little irritated or anxious about something (not standing still – making movements like ants were running under his clothing) or he is just bored. May be Mr Medvedev sensed that (good empathic abilities) and offered him a candy for relaxing :)

Funny video anyway – especially the mouth moving :D It would be nice to see what happened a minute earlier to this point – might give another explanation for the seemingly sudden mouth movements

Nick June 17, 2008 at 8:00 pm

I’m not sure if it’s anything significant or anything to be concerned about, but it definitely is interesting!

Ksenia December 13, 2008 at 10:42 pm

kuchma is on Putin’s right, he’s not the one offering the candy)))

Ksenia December 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Janukovich a Ukrainian polititian (former prime minister of Ukraine) is giving candy away)

Roman December 14, 2008 at 10:48 am

Thanks for your comment!
You were indeed right!
Corrected the mistake in my post!

Nikolaï July 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

He was a former KGB agent.. Maybe he’s just careful :o
And look at the Urkaine president nest to Putin. He look his Prime minister like he said : Me too i want candy D=

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