Russia's New Hunger Games-Inspired Reality Show Will 'Allow' Rape And Murder

A new Russian reality show will ask contestants to give consent that they could be maimed, raped or killed. And we thought 2016 was a mental year

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If you've ever wondered what your weapon of choice in a real-life reenactment of the Hunger Games would be, you're in luck.

And when we say 'luck' we're being hugely ironic because a new Russian reality TV show is about to start, in which contestants (victims) will be 'allowed' to rape and murder each other in order to survive the sub-freezing temperatures of the Siberian wilderness.

And you thought Big Brother was bad.

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Launching in the New Year, reality show Game2: Winter will see 30 contestants stranded in the -40C Siberian wilderness for nine months with the winner receiving a £1.3m prize.

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To make matters worse, according to the Siberian Times those crazy enough to take part in the show will be asked to sign a waiver acknowledging that they might be raped or killed while the producers admit they won't be liable for any crimes committed on the show.

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But, apparently Russia is totally fine with that because the rules affirm that police are free to arrest anyone who commits a crime.

Snaps for justice.

'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.'

Erm, we're pretty sure if you're loony enough to enter what seems to be like a more nightmare version of Westworld, we doubt the consequences of your actions is high up on your list of worries.

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According to the advert, 'each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed'.

'2000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything,' it added, explaining that there won't be any crew on site but participants will have their own personal recording device.

Those willing to take part will also be allowed to carry a maximum of 100 kilograms of equipment and if things get a bit too much for them in there due to sickness, insanity or injury – what with the whole murdering, raping and fighting thing – they can press a satellite-enabled panic button that will prompt helicopters to take them out from the game.

Yes, this is actually happening.

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And if that's not enough, contestants – who must be over the age of 18 and 'mentally sane' to compete – won't be the only ones in the open landscape as they will be joined by bears and wolves.

Knives will be allowed (well, of course) yet guns are forbidden (oh, what a shame).

Unsurprisingly, the show has been dreamed up by a man with more money than sense, entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky who says he 'will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped'.

Sounds like a lovely chap.

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Talking of the show, Pyatkovsky says that 60 people have already applied to appear on the show which will be shown in several languages across the world.

'Five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast it for their audiences,' he revealed.

The news comes the same day that President Barack Obama warns the US will retaliate for alleged Russian cyberattacks during the presidential election which reportedly resulted in the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee in order to skew the votes in Donald Trump's favour.

Add some killer wasps, acid rain water and a lone hitman living in the forest that resembles Leonardo Dicaprio in the Revenant and what's not to love?

Oh yeah, everything.

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