Speculation around Putins health remains due to ‘ashen and bloated face

Rumours surrounding the health of the Russian president Vladimir Putin are continuing to circle.

On social media users described him as 'ashen and bloated', reportedly due to medication.

In a picture released by the Kremlin, the Russian president could be seen in Moscow sitting with the Governor of Saint Petersburg Alexander Beglov, looking a little worse for wear.

What are the rumours surrounding Vladimir Putin's health?

A Royal Navy admiral claimed the president, 69, may have cancer, while others say he is suffering from 'roid rage'.

According to Merriam-Webster, roid rage is defined as "an outburst of anger, aggression, or violence attributed to the use of anabolic steroids".

Retired Royal Navy Admiral Chris Parry said: "He has been using these very long tables to interview people.

"I think his immune system might be suppressed at the moment. So he is a man in a hurry."

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also questioned his health.

There is no confirmation of this particular claim whatsoever, but this hasn't stopped people from speculating about his health.

Is Vladimir Putin sick?

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There's been no confirmation that Vladimir Putin is unwell and the Kremlin tend not to comment on these matters.

It's unlikely to stop the rumours from going away, with people considering his decision to invade Ukraine as bizarre and unfounded.

However, Putin has long made it clear that he considered Ukraine to be culturally Russian. As a former member of the Soviet empire, and only finding independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine should still be Russian in the eyes of many in the Kremlin.

Putin published an essay titled 'On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians', which explained his views that Russia and Ukraine share a common destiny and heritage.

Studying views like this are far more beneficial to understanding why Putin justified his invasion of Ukraine and, though there are other factors, may be a more credible explanation that rash decisions based on health problems.

Why has Vladimir Putin's face changed?

Some are speculating that Vladimir Putin has had plastic surgery, though once again this is only unconfirmed speculation.

Inside Edition spoke to New Jersey cosmetics surgeon Steve Fallek, who believes the president has had plastic surgery.

Of Putin, who is known for posing for vain photographs showing him shirtless, Fallek said: "There are tell-tale signs of ageing that have magically disappeared.

"My thought is that he has had either a full facelift or a mini facelift. I can pretty much guarantee you that he has had his lower eyelids done and I would also suspect he has had some cheek filler done at the same time."

Others think that the "puffy face" could be due to chemotherapy drugs or steroids, US sources say.

An ex-military intelligence officer now working at the Pentagon said analysts have been studying Putin and believe him to be very ill.

The source said: "In the past we have seen him smile, but in 2022 there are few pictures of him looking happy.

"His look suggests he is in pain and our people suggest his angry look is most likely as a result of him being in agony.

"Our people are confident he is ill – he is concerned about Covid as he keeps his staff at a distance."

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