Russian ‘Hunger Games’ show will allow contestants to rape and murder each other

Contestants sign waiver acknowledging they may not survive nine-month Siberian wilderness challenge, and if crimes are committed, they will be arrested

A brutal Russian reality TV show will allow contestants to fight, murder and rape each other while surviving in the Siberian wilderness.

Game2: Winter will strand 30 contestants – 15 men and 15 women – in the Siberian wilderness for nine months between 1 July 2017 and 1 April 2018 in temperatures that can fall to -40C.

The show will stream 24/7 online and the winner will receive a $1.6 million prize. If there’s more than one survivor by the end, then they will split the prize amongst them.

Contestants will be able to form teams, or try to survive alone, and they’ll be allowed up to 100kg of equipment. They will be given knives but won’t be allowed guns in a landscape where bears and wolves are likely to be living. Just like in the Hunger Games, viewers will be able to donate gifts to their favourite contestants.

The men and women on the show have been given special survival training by former GRU Spetsnaz operatives, who used to work under Russia's military intelligence service.

 “Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed,” reads an advert. “2000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”

Contestants will have to sign a waiver acknowledging that they might be raped or killed but the rules also state that the police are free to arrest anyone who commits a crime on the show.

“You must understand that the police are free to arrest anyone who commits a crime on the show,” the rules state. “We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation.”

The show is the brainchild of entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky who has said he “will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped”.

“The show promises to be international,” he said. “Five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast it for their audiences.”

He claimed that 60 people have already applied, including one American national.


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