Why the long face Vladimir? It may be his birthday but this is why Putin NEVER smiles
And now experts have discovered why - and it turns out he's not alone.
Kuba Krys, a psychologist at the Polish Academy of Sciences, surveyed thousands of people across 44 countries to find out why some cultures smile less.
People in Russia, along with Iran and France were found to avoid smiling because they are more likely to feel anxious and uncertain. And Russians also think smiling makes you seem dishonest and unintelligent.
The psychologist found people kept a straight face in countries that are politically repressive, have strong social norms and structured education systems,... read more
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