In December, we learned about the Russian game show that went full “Hunger Games” and was a survival show that would not intervene if contestants committed crimes.
“Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed,” the official advertisement for the show claims. “2000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
However, just because committing heinous crimes are “allowed” does not mean that you can’t be arrested for carrying them out. “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.” Plus there’s cameras everywhere so if you do commit a crime it is caught on video and seen by millions of people.
Now we get to meet some of the brave or insane contestants who will be competing in the crazy survival game show.
Oksana Shiganova, a 28-year-old from the Russian Arctic, said, “I am a professional blonde, a girl who loves dresses, manicures, and shopping. I love myself and will definitely not make it through the show without help. But this is what will make it so interesting to follow me.
Irina Agisheva, a 30-year-old swimming coach from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia, says she wants to “do something so mad and unforgettable that makes people remember her.” She added, “We only live once and we must make the best of our lives. I’m ready”
Natalya Korneva, a 26-year-old actress from St Petersburg, is a traveler who has traversed 93,000 miles in the past five years, most of them alone said, “I’ve been to the mighty Lena River in Siberia, to Magadan, to the Altai Mountains and the Far East of Russia. I’ve been dreaming about moving to Siberia for a long while, but first I want to feel how hospitable the taiga will be towards me. This is why I am taking part.”
All participants will have to sign a release of liability for injury and death waivers. They will be permitted to carry knives and will receive survival training from Russia’s elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives before they embark on their insane adventure. Each week participants may request an item from viewers who will be able to donate money to buy the desired item.
Besides surviving each other, they will also have to survive Siberia’s harsh winters. Contestants will face a bitter and bleak winter that will have -40° weather in a remote forest in Siberia for nine months. Whoever survives until April 1 is the winner and will receive a $1.7 million prize. May the odds be forever in your favor and stay away from the yellow snow.