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Russian TV is actually creating a reality game show in the image of the hit "Hunger Games" movie trilogy, which was based on the novel series by Suzanne Collins.
In the show, "Game2: Winter," which will strand 30 contestants in the minus 40 degree Siberian wilderness for nine months, contestants will be "allowed" to commit heinous crimes like rape and even murder. The reality TV program will be streamed live online 24/7, the Guardian reported.
"Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed," an advertisement for the show read, according to the outlet. "2,000 cameras, [3.5 miles] and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything."
Before performing in the deadly program, contestants are required to sign a waiver acknowledging that they could be raped or killed. However, the rules also state that police are permitted to interfere to arrest anyone who commits a crime.
"You must understand that the police will come and take you away," the rules read. "We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation."
However, in addition to fearing their fellow human beings, each contestant will likely come face-to-face with other killers: The bears and wolves who live in Siberia. Though contestants will not be armed with guns, they will be given knives for self-defense.
In addition, each contestant will be given survival training from Russia's elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives, according to the Siberian Times.
The bizarre show is the brainchild of entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, who told the Times he "will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped."
There will be no crew members on the show, for very obvious reasons. Instead, each of the 2,000 cameras will be scattered throughout the icy competition area and players will be equipped with their own personal recording device. In order to participate, contestants must be at least 18 years old and "mentally sane."
"The show promises to be international," Pyatkovsky said. "Five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast it for their audiences."
Of the reported 60 people who have applied to compete so far, one is American.
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