Steroids have been used in many sports, so bodybuilding is no exception. However, no matter how widespread the use of these drugs, they continue to be the subject of serious controversy. On the one hand, Steroids before and after results (muscle mass gain, muscle definition, improvement of strength etc.) are great. Therefore, many athletes use these drugs for sports purposes. On the other hand, steroids may cause severe side effects (especially if an athlete don’t know how to use them properly). So the drugs are prohibited by WDA and by-laws of many countries.
Russian steroids – what they are?
Anabolic steroids are synthesized in the laboratory (artificial) analogues of the male sex hormone testosterone and its derivatives. After getting into the human body, steroids act exactly like male sex hormones: testosterone & dihydrotestosterone.
By binding to special receptors in the human body, they enhance the synthesis of protein in the body, which leads to increased muscle growth (muscle hypertrophy), improvement of endurance, the rate of recovery of the body after physical exertion, strength, and speed-strength indicators.
Due to these qualities, steroids have found wide application in bodybuilding, as well as in all types of sports where the above effects are needed. Often athletes apply stacking (using several drugs in the cycle), sometimes anabolics are combined with non-steroid drugs, such as Clenbuterol.
It should be noted that steroids using often requires post-cycle therapy with such drugs as Cabergoline & Anastrozole. Where to buy Russian steroids? But be careful, as their distribution is strictly prohibited by Russian Federation federal laws.
Russian steroids – legality in Russian Federation
Russian steroids for sale are prohibited by law in Russia. According to the legislation of the Russian Federation, anabolic steroids are included in the list of “controlled substances” and criminal responsibility is established for their sale. In the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, you can find Art. 234 “Illegal Traffic in Potential and Toxic Substances for the Purpose of Sale”. The exception is the retail sale of anabolic steroids through the pharmacy network, but the athlete cannot buy the drugs in a brick-and-mortar drugstore. No therapist will not believe that healthy and muscular person suffers from endocrinological problems and needs a prescription for the purchase of anabolics for quick restoring and maintenance of muscle mass.
Russian steroids for sale – criminal cases
In August 2012, three Russian students decided to organize Russian steroids business. They spent a lot of time in the gyms (where they met) and knew what sports nutrition and sports pharmacology were.
Before this, one student met on the Internet with an athlete from Moldova. The Moldavian guy told the Russian student that pharmacological drugs in Moldova are much cheaper than in Russia, and their sale is almost unlimited. And he proposed to organize the supply of steroids (like Masteron and stanozolol) to Russia. The Russian student had already been convicted of illegal trade in sports medications. On May 23, 2012, Zhukovsky town court sentenced him to a fine of 100 thousand rubles under part 3 of Article 234 of the Russian Criminal Code “Illegal Distribution of Potent Substances”. However, he quickly agreed to the offer of the Moldovan student, and guys began to supply tablets and injections to Moscow.
Steroids were delivered by Chisinau-Moscow trains through conductors. Three students received these drugs to distribute among athletes in fitness clubs and the Internet.
Russian anabolic steroids business successfully worked from August 2012 to April 2014. However, the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation became interested in students. The attention of the guards of the law and order was attracted by the fact that some of the drugs traded by athletes were included in the list of potent substances. Prompt observation of three students provided the federal service with necessary evidence, and in April 2014, “businessmen” were detained.
The first student was found guilty of part 3 of Article 234 of the Criminal Code (“Illegal Distribution of Potent Substances”) and Part 3 of Article 226.1 (“Smuggling Superpotent Substances”). The sentence was eight years in a strict regime colony. The second student was punished with five years in a strict regime colony. The third student, whose participation was reduced to the role of a courier, received four years’ imprisonment under probation conditions.
In August 2017, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Security Service and Russian Post stopped the activity of an online store selling illegal steroids. The operation was conducted for three months, it was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the territorial department of the Federal Security Service of Russia and employees of corporate security of Russian Post.
More than 100 kg of synthetic meds from the group of steroids were seized from illegal circulation, which is distributed mainly among adolescents and young people, sometimes without proper usage info. The cost of a seized batch of illegal drugs on the black market was several tens of millions of rubles.
The online store carried out illegal sale of strong substances from Moscow to different regions. Eight suspects in organizing and participating in illegal business have been detained. A criminal case has been initiated against them under part 3 of Art. 234 of the Russian Criminal Code.
Russian anabolic steroids – doping scandals
Supervisory authorities seriously struggle with anabolics for some reasons. According to the report of the independent structure included in the World Anti-Doping Agency, released on November 9, 2015, Russians constitute 35 percent of athletes who have detected traces of doping (use of pills & injections).
Based on this information and some reports, WADA recommended International Athletics Federation to disqualify the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) and prevent many athletes from the upcoming competitions. WADA concluded that systematic violations were committed in the IAAF and in Russia, because of which it is impossible to talk about conducting an effective anti-doping measure in the country. The report notes that based on the information revealed, it can be argued that ARAF, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Federation as a whole do not follow the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code. The commission suggested WADA declare ARAF and RUSADA organizations as those which do not comply with WADA code. On June 21, 2016, International Olympic Committee supported the decision of the IAAF on not to allow the participation of athletics team of Russia in the Olympic Games in 2016.
The Commission concluded that systematic violations were committed in the country, because of which it is impossible to talk about conducting an effective anti-doping program in the country. The report notes that based on the information revealed, it can be argued that Russian sports organizations generally do not follow the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code.