Siberian fun and games

Russians like to think of themselves as tough. 20 of them might also be very stupid.

It’s an open question whether any of the participants in a new Russian TV ‘game’ show – Game2:Winter – will manage to survive. The 20 (male and female) contestants will be tested to the limit, by trying to survive in Siberia from 1 July 2017 until 1 April 2018, when temperatures can fall to -40°C.

The show’s producers say that they contestants will be free to do as they want, but that they’re still subject to the rule of law and can be arrested at any time. All the participants have been given survival training by former GRU Spetsnaz operatives, Russia’s military intelligence service. Anyone who wants to take part has to be over 18 and “sane”.

The organiser, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, told the Siberian Times: “We will refuse any claim by participants even if they were to be killed or raped…This will be spelled out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.”

2,000 cameras will be positioned in forests around Novosibirsk to film them, and each contestant will carry a portable camera. The games area is 900 hectares; if they’re in trouble or want to leave they can hit a panic button on a satellite phone.

The winner will get 100 million roubles, about £1.3 million. The losers – maybe coffins.


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