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Shocking photos show Putin going from strong judo man to weak, bloated “cancer victim” in just three years

VLADIMIR Putin has gone from strong macho to bloated butcher in just three years, pictures show.

Since Vlad first became President of Russia in 2000, he has prided himself on his strongman image. He was photographed shirtless riding horses, participated in judo demonstrations, tracked tigers, and trained.

2008: Vladimir Putin checks the collar of a satellite transmitter on a Siberian tiger

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2008: Vladimir Putin checks the collar of a satellite transmitter on a Siberian tigerPhoto credit: Reuters
2009: The iconic image of Putin topless riding a horse has become an enduring image

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2009: The iconic image of Putin topless riding a horse has become an enduring imagePhoto credit: AFP
2011: Then Prime Minister Vlad rides with the Russian biker gang “Night Wolves”.

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2011: Then Prime Minister Vlad rides with the Russian biker gang “Night Wolves”.Photo credit: Getty – Pool

But in the last three years he’s unrecognizable, his previously gaunt face puffy and his bravado given way to a weak, slumped demeanor.

Many propaganda images have been taken over the years, including a 2008 photo of him checking a satellite tracker on a Siberian tiger.

One of the most enduring images demonstrating Putin’s desperation at being seen as a tough guy is a 2009 photo series showing him topless on a horse during a fishing trip.

He’s also made sure to surround himself with other “tough men” for photo ops, like in 2011 when he rode with Russia’s notorious motorcycle gang, the Night Wolves.

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Other photos released by Russia’s state-controlled media over the years show the president working out in a gym and taking part in judo demonstrations at his summer residence in Sochi.

Looking relatively youthful in 2017, he posed for a selfie with model and Miss Russia winner Violetta Igoshina.

Putin’s seemingly timeless looks have sparked years of rumors that the Russian leader has had regular cosmetic surgery.

In 2017, Canadian cosmetic surgeon Philip Solomon told the National Post, “I would speculate that he had fillers and botox, and it shows in the smoothness around his forehead and crow’s feet around his eyes and volume along his cheeks.”

Another cosmetic surgeon, Stephen Mulholland, told the publication he believes Putin received three major surgeries.

These are injectable dermal fillers, botox and laser skin resurfacing.

Such procedures require constant maintenance, and Putin would need to return to the practice about twice a year for additional injections.

He added that the Russian president appeared to have undergone a series of treatments between 2012 and 2014, around the time he divorced his first wife Lyudmila.

The most noticeable change in 69-year-old Putin’s face is the fullness that gives him a much rounder appearance.

In just three years, Putin’s appearance has changed drastically, and where the Russian leader once appeared to be aging backwards, his face now appears puffy, while his demeanor has changed as well.

Images released by the Kremlin in 2020 of his year-end speech show a drastically different Putin than just a year earlier, with his face appearing much more puffy.

Gone is the confident, boastful world statesman, and in his place is a limp and weak tyrant.

He’s afraid of old age

Ben JudahVladimir Putin’s biographer

While attending an ice hockey game in St. Petersburg last year, he looked older than ever.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, his looks have come under much closer scrutiny amid rumors he is undergoing cancer treatment.

In a recent video, Putin appeared to choke and stutter as he clutched for the table during talks with his ally Sergey Chemezov.

While a former British spy claims that “cancer-stricken” Putin is constantly surrounded by doctors.

Rumors have been circulating for some time that President Putin is suffering from a serious illness, and in March the Kremlin even had to issue a statement stating that he was in good health.

His behavior was also increasingly unpredictable in the weeks leading up to the invasion of Ukraine.

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Theories about Putin’s alleged fillers go beyond mere vanity and get to the heart of his own paranoid psychology, said New York-based surgeon Dr. David Hidalgo Vanity Fair in 2014.

He said he believed Putin would never agree to be subdued.

In 2010, he appeared at trade negotiations in Kyiv with bruises on his cheekbones and under his eyes, an obvious sign of filler injections.

At the time, his spokesman rejected the allegations and attributed the alleged black eye to unfortunate lighting and Putin’s tight travel schedule.

A 2015 documentary, “Putin the Man,” claimed that the Russian leader was “afraid of getting older.”

In the show, which was broadcast on ZDF, Putin’s biographer Ben Judah claimed he was “afraid of physical decline, he’s scared of aging.”

Putin has also been rumored to have used steroids, possibly to maintain his tough guy image.

As a side effect of his alleged steroid use, Putin has also become prone to uncharacteristic outbursts of anger as the planned rapid invasion of Ukraine has turned into a protracted, bloody war.

He has denounced Ukraine’s leaders as “drug users” and “Nazis” while raising the specter of an apocalyptic nuclear war, seemingly regardless of the consequences for his own country.

2015: Fitness fanatic Putin works out in his home gym at his summer residence in Sochi

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2015: Fitness fanatic Putin works out in his home gym at his summer residence in SochiPhoto credit: AFP
2017: Miss Russia winner, model Violetta Igoshina, poses for a selfie with Putin

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2017: Miss Russia winner, model Violetta Igoshina, poses for a selfie with PutinPhoto credit: Instagram
2019: Putin was well enough to participate in training with Russia's national judo team

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2019: Putin was well enough to participate in training with Russia’s national judo teamPhoto credit: AFP
2020: Putin looks significantly more bloated just a year later

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2020: Putin looks significantly more bloated just a year laterCredit: AP
2021: The Russian President is barely recognizable in a picture from an ice hockey game

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2021: The Russian President is barely recognizable in a picture from an ice hockey gamePhoto credit: Getty
2022: Putin at the Victory Parade earlier this month in Moscow

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2022: Putin at the Victory Parade earlier this month in MoscowCredit: EPA

Paul Taylor wrote in Politico in February: “It may be time to reconsider our assumption that the Russian president is a cold-blooded statesman who makes logical, if deeply undesirable, decisions.”

Taylor also noted that Putin’s sanity was called into question in early February when he forced French and German leaders to sit at opposite ends of a 13-foot table.

This was described as a precautionary measure for Covid-19, but that didn’t stop him from hugging his ally Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus.

Fiona Hill, a former member of the US National Security Council who specializes in Russian and European affairs, also commented on Putin’s appearance during a meeting with St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov last month.

“Putin doesn’t look that great, he was quite bloated,” she said. “We know he has complained about back problems.

“Even though it’s nothing serious, it could be that he’s on high doses of steroids, or it could be something else.”

She added: “He may feel that time flies – it’s been 22 years, after all, and the likelihood of a Russian leader leaving voluntarily or through elections after that time is pretty slim.

“Most leaders either leave as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko thought he might leave due to massive protests, or die in office.

“The only other person who has been Russian leader longer than Putin in modern times is Stalin, and Stalin died in office.”

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