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New Russian reality show ‘to allow murder and rape’

Game 2: Winter has been described as the ‘ultimate nine-month Siberian survival test’

You can’t help but feel bad for reality TV producers. What ideas can possibly be left? We’ve seen sperm racing, we’ve seen Vanilla Ice go Amish, and we’ve seen adopted children guess the identity of their biological fathers for money. Surely – surely – that well has run dry by now?

Unfortunately, this struggle for originality has become very real for one group of Russian producers. In an effort to keep things entertaining, they’ve decided to up the stakes, creating a new, Hunger Games-style series that encourages “fighting, alcohol, murder and rape.” 

The show, titled Game 2: Winter, has been described as the “ultimate nine-month Siberian survival test”. It sees 30 male and female contestants attempt to stay alive in the wilderness – along with bears, wolves and sub-zero temperatures – to win a prize of ten million roubles (around £130,000). As it’s a reality show, the entire experience is recorded 24/7 and will be broadcast around the world. 

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

While the organisers stress that rape and murder is illegal in Russia, the game’s outlines seem to encourage it. The show’s creator, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, claimed that the organisers would “refuse any claim” of participants, even if they were to be “killed or raped”, and will be forcing all contestants to sign death waivers.

“The show will be absolutely extreme, there are no exceptions... This will be a very entertaining and educational project” – Yevgeny Pyatkovsky

“We will have nothing to do with this,” he said. “This will be spelt out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.” 

According to reports in The Siberian Times, guns will be banned, but contestants will be given knives to help them hunt and defend themselves. They will also be given their own cameras to record with, with 2,000 others being scattered around the wilderness. 

The show will air in July next year, with contestants being forced to survive until April 2018. “There will be no doctors with the participants,” continued Pyatkovsky. “If someone gets sick, wounded and realises that he/she can not pass the test, the helicopter will take him/her away to the doctors. Then the participant will quit the game forever.”

What this morbid show means for television – and, you know, humanity – is not quite clear. Given the laws of the Russian federation, actual rape and murder on the show is probably not going to happen – but the fact it’s even being used as promotion is pretty terrifying. How desperate have we become?

“The show will be absolutely extreme, there are no exceptions,” Pyatkovsky added. “This will be a very entertaining and educational project.”