What is wrong with Vladimir Putin? — Analysis.

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7 min readApr 30, 2022

Speculation about the condition of Vladimir Putin is growing. The Russian president’s health has been the subject of media reports all over the world. Evidence of Putin’s illness is provided not only by numerous photos, in which he appears in much worse shape than a few years ago, but also by the accounts of people who have had contact with him. What could he be ill with? After analyzing the appearance and behavior of the dictator, experts came to concrete conclusions.

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Swollen face as a result of steroid use?

Experts have long been analyzing not only the actions of the Russian president politically, but also his health condition. Recently, public attention has been drawn to his swollen and tired face. Experts pay attention precisely to its appearance — this may be the first signal that there is something wrong with his health.

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Former British Foreign Minister David Owen raised this issue in one of his interviews.

“Look at his face! See how it has changed — he now has an oval face. People say it’s plastic surgery or botox, but I don’t believe it. This guy is riding on steroids! I think his personality is different now because of this ‘coking’,” he stated during an interview with Times Radio.

The use of abanolical steroids or corticosteroids can cause severe mood disorders (including increased aggression). What are the effects of taking anabolic steroids to increase muscle mass? Agitation, which leads to irritability, increased aggressive behavior, and in extreme cases even to manic states. — A higher frequency of getting into fights and various forms of violence (verbal and physical) against others has been observed among people taking steroids.

The experts points out that in the long-term use of steroids there may even be mood swings, increased anxiety or restlessness of varying severity. — It should be emphasized that long-term use may be connected with the problem of withdrawal of these agents, because it is difficult to accept the feeling of weakness, fatigue, decreased efficiency and worsening of mood and, of course, loss…

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