Russian reality show to 'allow' rape and murder as contestants compete for cash prize

'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything,' state show's organisers

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A Russian reality show in which crimes such as rape and murder are “allowed” is to be launched next year, according to reports.

The TV show, called Game2: Winter, will see 30 male and female contestants seek to stay alive in wilderness populated with bears and wolves for nine months with the surviving receiving a $1.6m prize, the Siberian Times reported.

Organisers have boasted that “everything is allowed”, including rape and murder, and contestants will reportedly be required to sign a waiver acknowledging that they could be subject to such attacks.

An advert for the show reads: “Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed. 2,000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”

But would-be participants are also warned that Russian criminal procedures will still apply and that police are free to arrest anyone who commits a crime on the show.

The rules state: “You must understand that the police will come and take you away. We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation.”

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Contestants will be permitted knives, but no guns, and will be given survival training from Russia's elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives to help them cope with temperatures ranging from 35c in high summer to minus 40c or lower in the depths of the Siberian winter, according to reports.

Novosibirsk entrepreneur, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, who came up with the game show, told the Siberian Times: "We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped.

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

"There will be no filming crew: the whole area will be dotted with cameras and each participant will be carrying a portable camera with 7-hour life rechargeable battery."


Mr Pyatkovsky added that contestants must be at least 18 and "mentally sane".