Steroids have been used in many sports, so bodybuilding is no exception. However, no matter how widespread their use, they are controversial. On the one hand, Steroids before and after results (muscle mass gain, muscle definition, improvement of strength etc.) are great. Therefore, many sportspersons 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 WADA and laws of many countries.
Russian Steroids — What Are They?
Anabolic steroids are synthesized in the laboratory (artificial) analogues of testosterone and its derivatives. After getting into the human body, steroids act exactly like male sex hormones: testosterone & DHT.
By binding to special receptors in the human body, they enhance the formation 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.
Steroids using often requires post-cycle therapy with such drugs as Cabergoline & Anastrozole. Where to buy Russian steroids? You can do this in some backstreet chemists. But be careful, as their distribution is strictly prohibited by the federal laws.
Russian Steroids — Legality in Russian Federation
Russian steroids for sale are prohibited by law of this Eurasian country. According to the legislation of the Russian Federation, anabolic steroids are included in the list of “controlled substances” and their distribution is considered a criminal offence. 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 a healthy person cannot buy the drugs in a brick-and-mortar drugstore. No doctor will believe that a healthy and beefy 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 undergraduates decided to organize Russian steroids business. They spent a lot of time in the gyms (where they met) and knew a lot about juicing.
Before this, one student communicated with an athlete from Moldova via World Wide Web. The Moldavian guy told him that pharmacological drugs in Republica 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 RF. The Russian student had already been convicted of wrongful distribution of doping meds. In May 2012, Zhukovsky town court (Moscow Oblast) fined him 100,000 RUB under part 3 of the Art. 234. 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 railway transportation (Chisinau-Moscow). Three students received these drugs to distribute among bulkers in gyms and the Internet.
Russian anabolic steroids business successfully operated from summer 2012 to spring 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 because some drugs sold by the rustlers were included in the list of potent substances. Prompt observation of three students provided the police with necessary evidence, and in April 2014, “businessmen” were detained.
The first “entrepreneur” 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 prison. 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 revealed suspicious activity of a store offering illicit medications. The bodies investigated this case for three months.
Over 200 pounds of steroids were seized from illegal circulation (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 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 in November 015, Russians constitute 35% of sportspersons who have been detected in having traces of doping (use of pills & injections) in the body.
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. Therefore anti-doping measures in the country cannot be considered productive. Investigators argued that ARAF, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) violated the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code. The commission suggested WADA declare ARAF and RUSADA institutions 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 2016 Summer Olympics (Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016) in Rio.
As we see, Russia often violates the law. Some experts call this country an outcast in the international arena, which is also associated with the situation in the East Ukraine (Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic) and the annexation (“accession”) of the Crimea.