Coming to Russian Reality TV: Terrifying Show With No Rules

'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2016 12:05 PM CST
Coming to Russian Reality TV: Terrifying Show With No Rules
Think we'll stick with "Survivor."   (PR shot, via the Guardian)

Think of it as Survivor gone very wrong, or at least with the potential to go very wrong. Game2: Winter, a soon-to-be-filmed Russian reality-TV show, will drop 30 contestants into the wilds of Siberia for nine months, at the end of which one of them will nab a $1.6 million prize, the Guardian reports. The rather drastic catch of the show, which will be filmed around the clock and start filming in July, per Deadline: anything goes, even if "anything" includes a crime. "Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed," reads an ad for the show. "Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything." Interested parties have to be 18 and "mentally sane," will be allowed to bring knives (but no guns), and will need to sign a waiver.

Show creator Yevgeny Pyatkovsky believes the $165,000 price tag to "play" (contestants will also be selected via online viewer votes) will lure "rich and risky" participants, the Siberian Times reports. The players will get basic survival training by Russian special forces and will each receive a camera to document their time in a place populated by bears and wolves and where temps could drop to -40 degrees. There will be no crew, just 2,000 cameras scattered around the countryside. Pyatkovsky says 60 people have applied so far, including someone from the US. As for the potential for crime, the show does warn that the cops will be on alert. "You must understand that the police will come and take you away" if a crime is committed, the rules note, per the Guardian. "We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation." (The Holocaust theme on this Russian reality show didn't go over well.)

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