Russian ‘Hunger Games’: Is it fake news?

Russian ‘Hunger Games’: Is it fake news?
NADYM, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: The sun rises over a site of Nenets herdsmen outside the town of Nadym, 3.800 km North-East of Moscow in Siberia, 14 March 2005 The Nenets people live in snow and freezing temperatures some 260 days of the year and are mainly reindeer herdsmen. AFP PHOTO / TATYANA MAKEYEVA (Photo credit should read TATYANA MAKEYEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite several prominent news outlets reporting otherwise, fact-check site Snopes.com has reported the new Russian reality series “Game2: Winter” is not quite a real-life hunger games. The “anything is allowed” description of the show is, in fact, fake news.

The series, set in the Siberian wilderness, was reportedly asking potential contestants to sign agreements stating they understood they could be maimed or killed. The gameshow is set to feature 30 contestants stranded in the minus 40 degree Russian winter for nine months, with programming scheduled to be streamed live online 24/7.

However, news outlets who reported that anything goes for the show’s contestants failed to read the fine print.

From Snopes:

“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 each sign a waiver acknowledging that they might be raped or killed but the rules also state that police are free to arrest anyone who commits a crime on the show. “You must understand that the police will come and take you away,” the rules state. “We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation.”

The show is apparently willing to allow anything, but all contestants must be aware that they are still bound by the legal consequences of their actions, according to Russian criminal law.

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