Russia To Hold a Real-Life ‘Hunger Games’

Clara Buck (11th), Reporter

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A controversial Russian reality TV show where “everything goes”, including rape and murder, will begin next year. 15 men and 15 women from around the globe will compete in a deadly contest in an attempt to win a grand prize of $1.7 million dollars.

The nine-month survival mission, which is officially called Game2: Winter, will take place on a remote Siberian island in the OB River and will be broadcasted in a 24/7 stream online and available worldwide starting in July.

The contestants, who include an ex-military man from South Korea, a student from Sweden and a self-described “professional blonde” from the Russian Arctic, have all signed a release of liability for injury and death waivers, as well as agreeing not to hold the organizers accountable if they were to commit a crime during filming, according to the Siberian Times.

The 15 men and women will be left alone on the island armed with only knives, and must forage and store their own food in the grueling Russian winter months while facing dangerous wildlife and temperatures that can reach as low as minus 50C. When the cold weather does hit, players must learn to ice-fish through holes cut in the forest’s lakes and ponds.

What makes this show stick out from other reality TV survival shows, like the hit show “Survivor”, is the chilling rule given by game organizers that any crime would be allowed in the contestants’ fight for survival. However, after much controversy, this rule was quietly removed.

Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, a 35 year old millionaire and creator of the show, has stated, though, that if physical violence, such as rape or murder, were to break out, they would not intervene, adding that “we are not afraid of any negative reactions either.”

Pyatkovsky insisted that it would be made clear to all contestants before competition that “punishment will follow according to the Russian Criminal Code,” meaning that any crimes committed in the show will not be left unpunished.

After the games begin, the players will be tasked with building a shelter with whatever they can, and are allowed to make alliances with others as they see fit. Later, they will have to track down a group of “criminals” who will be released from a jail on the island.

According to Pyartkovsky, “A worried presenter’s voice will announce that a group of criminals broke out of a nearby jail and is already on the island. The task will be to catch the criminals, and whoever does so gets a prize from a sponsor.”

Like the popular book series and film franchise, The Hunger Games, players will be filmed by “2000 cameras” that cover the island. In addition, they will have the opportunity to be given gifts from “sponsors,” who are essentially just the viewers who choose to send prizes to their favorite contestant.

Pyartovsky, who was inspired by the TV series Lost in creating this show, says this has been in the works for over two years now.

“There is nothing like this show in the whole world,” he explained. “No one has done it as a real thing where people will actually have to use every skill they ever gained, social, physical, psychological, to survive.”

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