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Putin transformed from skinny geek to bloated brute with ‘steroids and surgery’
March 1, 2022
President Vladimir Putin has had many faces over the years, managing to transform himself from a skinny geek to a bloated brute – but it reportedly wasn't from ageing gracefully or exercise.
The 69-year-old somehow went from being slender with wrinkles to a muscle man who loves to be photographed shirtless, which is all down to steroids and plastic surgery according to experts.
The twisted tyrant launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine last week, which has seen people across the world compare his looks to the "hot" Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
On Monday ( February 28), medical doctor Lord Owen claimed Putin's hostility towards Ukraine was influenced by him taking steroids and pointed out the president's aggression.
"Look at his face, see how that has changed – he now has an oval face," the former Labour MP told Times Radio.
"People who said, oh, it's plastic surgery or Botox, I don't believe that at all.
"He's on either anabolic steroids as a bodybuilder – and he's very proud of his muscles and strips to the waist and everything like that – or he's on corticosteroids.
"If you're on these drugs, this gives you this face."
The 83-year-old went on to highlight that the muscle-boosting drugs reduces your immunity and causes you to be more vulnerable to Covid.
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"This man has been in complete isolation, quite extraordinary, won't see anybody, stays miles away, tremendous pressures," he added.
"Which indicates he's on a steroid and probably, maybe, a combination of both.
"And we ought to fess up to it, that carries with it, particularly anabolic steroids, bodybuilders, aggressiveness that comes through.
"I think his personality has changed, but don't believe he's mad."
For years, rumours have circulated about the president's alleged use of steroids and extensive procedures, which has since formed a popular joke.
"In response to the charge there are no new faces in Russian politics, Vladimir Putin got one," the joke goes.
In 1972, the then-22-year-old Putin was pictured with heavy eyelids and fuller lips, but now the tyrant seems to have less visible eyelids, thinner lips and a tighter face.
Top cosmetic surgeon Gerard Lambe previously said that Putin's face demonstrated the signs of cosmetic surgery in 2019, reports The Sun Online.
Speaking about Putin's plump face, he said: "This would largely be down to cheek fillers. I'd say he's clearly got a dedicated aesthetic surgeon on his team as these fillers were certainly quite subtle to start.
"In images from about seven years ago he certainly looks much more gaunt and craggy but some work has been done to create a youthful, fuller contour with fillers."
Putin is also not one to shy away from the camera and has been pictured numerous times displaying a macho stance.
In 2009, he was pictured riding a horse topless in Siberia's Tuva region, which became one of the most notorious photographs of the "strongman" president.
Not long after, another shirtless image of him emerged, which captured him fishing during a trip with Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Together with youth organisation The Night Wolves, Putin was spotted riding a Harley-Davidson trike while dressed in full leather while in a motorbike convoy in 2011.
The Night Wolves are known for their highly controversial views against the LGBT community and have owned being extremely nationalistic.
Putin has demonstrated his competitive streak in many ways and proved his athletic abilities by taking part in an ice hockey game between Kremlin officials and oligarchs and ex-NHL stars.
He has also been pictured exercising at the gym and has frequently been spotted at judo demonstrations.
The 5ft7in president was always considered quite short for his age and in 2015 he said he often fought with other boys.
"If a fight is inevitable you have to throw the first punch," he said.
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