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By The Siberian Times reporter
15 December 2016

These are the rules to new TV reality show, an ultimate 9-month Siberian survival test stranded in remote taiga with bears and wolves in minus 40C winter.

Their target: to survive until 1 April - but it will be no joke. Picture: Game2: Winter

The online project screened 24/7 around the world will see 30 male and female contestants seek to stay alive in wilderness populated with bears and wolves.

Organisers boast 'everything is allowed' including 'rape' and 'murder', but would-be  participants are nevertheless warned: '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.' 

Contestants will be permitted knives, but no guns. 

They will be given survival training from Russia's elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives, but after that they will be on their own coping with temperatures ranging from 35C in high summer to minus 40C or lower in the depths of the Siberian winter. 

Evgeny Pyatkovsky

Novosibirsk entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, 35: 'There have been no reality TV projects before that stay on air 24/7.' Picture: Yevgeny Pyatkovsky

The contest called 'Game2: Winter' is the brainchild of Novosibirsk entrepreneur Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, who said: '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.'

He said: 'There have been no reality TV projects before that stay on air 24/7. 

'Probably all of you have watched the Lost TV series, but surviving in a tropical climate is quite different from trying to stay alive in the Siberian taiga - boreal forest - at minus 40 degrees Celsius. 

Winter forest


Taiga

'You should also keep in mind that this will be a real forest, with dangerous wildlife and harmful insects.' Pictures: Game2: Winter, Vera Salnitskaya

'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.'

Contestants must be at least 18 and 'mentally sane', he said. 

People from all corners of the world will be allowed to participate and he promises broadcasts simultaneously translated in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. The aim is to include 15 men and 15 women. 

Participants can pay 10 million roubles to take part, around $165,000, or face selection by viewers in an online voting session. He believes it will attract 'rich and risky' people craving a new and ultimate challenge. 

Survive in Siberia


Survive in Siberia


Winter hut

Those taking part will be urged to forage and store food before winter in order to survive the cold months. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya, Timur Akhmetov

Due to start on 1 July 2017, the contestants will first receive training - and those brave enough to take part can either survive alone or join together into teams. 

He warned: 'You should also keep in mind that this will be a real forest, with dangerous wildlife and harmful insects. Of course, there will be some safety precautions in place, but it would still take about half an hour to reach the area where the show will take place by helicopter.'

Those taking part will be urged to forage and store food before winter in order to survive the cold months. In winter, contestants will need to catch fish through ice holes to feed themselves. 

Their target: to survive until 1 April - but it will be no joke. All participants will have to sign release of liability for injury and death waivers, he said. 

Each contestant will be permitted no more than 100 kilograms of equipment. The only weapons they can take will be knives: no guns. 

Each week participants may request some item from viewers who will be able to donate money for it via the project's website. Purchased items will then be delivered to participants.

Winter shed in a forest


Winter shed in a forest


Winter shed in a forest

'Participants will be taken to the taiga, and then they will have a choice. Ether to get out of there on their own, or to survive.' Pictures: SternTrek

So far applicants include professional rescuers, people without special training, professional travellers, entrepreneurs, photographers, jewellers and psychologists.

Producer Nikolay Ginzburg said: 'It sounds strange, but on this project it will be easier to survive not for a professional rescuer but for a simple person. It will be necessary to act intuitively, rather than following instructions.'

Pyatkovsky added: 'There were some applications from Chinese extreme travellers. He admitted there could be 'some difficulties' for foreigners because of the 'language barrier'.

'We are thinking about the organisation work by translators with participants. Overall, the show promises to be international: five countries have already expressed the desire to broadcast it for their audiences.' 

He stressed: 'Participants will be taken to the taiga, and then they will have a choice. Ether to get out of there on their own, or to survive. The winner will get 100 million roubles' - around $1.65 million. If there are more survivors, they will share the prize.'

Brown bear

The online project screened 24/7 around the world will see 30 male and female contestants seek to stay alive in wilderness populated with bears and wolves. Picture: Mikhail Korostelev

Those who get into danger or cannot face the gruelling conditions can use a 'panic button' with a satellite connection. He promises they will be quickly rescued, and leave the show. 

'The show will absolutely extreme, there are no exceptions,' he said. 'There will be no doctors with the participants. If someone gets sick, wounded and realise that he/she can not pass the test, the helicopter will take him/her away to the doctors. Then the participant will quit the game forever.' 

He has found a site - a reserve of 900 hectares in the taiga. It will be bristling with 2,000 cameras. And each contestant will have a camera to shoot in real time with a rechargeable battery.

He is seeking permission for the contestants to be able to hunt on the territory. It will be broadcast online. But partners will be able to screen the adventure on mainstream TV, too.

'This will be a very entertaining and educational project,' promised Pyatkovsky. The project's Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/371155916559851/

Comments (38)

I do not think the people involved would explicitly encourage those crimes (to make such a statement to advertise this hoax/project is wrong, though) but at extreme conditions, with common people and with a 30 min ETA for help, those situations may happen, i read they would have Spetsnaz units watching them all the time, and i dont think they would allow someone to get murdered or raped by another participant, law is still enforced there. But shit happens.
Finally, that “shit happens” is what makes me uneasy. If you want to make a show about survival there are plenty other ways to do it, i guess. anyway, just an opinion.
John, Mx
23/12/2016 13:17
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Hey was wondering if people could point me to the signup direction. this seems very interesting as a survival aspect. was wondering where i approach to get myself a potential vote.
Christopher Ramsay, New Zealand
22/12/2016 04:17
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You might pass this one...what I see from those who already commented is that there seems to be a queue of people who want to rape someone under the guise of fun.
Jaker, Dundalk
19/12/2016 02:29
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Send me an email to mikael@renature.se i'm the humble swedish guy
mikael@renature.se, Sweden
18/12/2016 04:22
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My name is Mikael and my humble opinion is that i Qualified to enjoy your "adventure"
Mikael Åkerman, Sweden
18/12/2016 04:18
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This is totally fake .. no such show with this kind of rules will exist.. Murder , rape , killing wont be allowed in any country specially how are they gonna air the show ?? since no country on the planet will air when sombody is getting killed/raped etc.. only bullshit ..

This is nice propaganda by the CIA :) to make russia look wierd and sick ... go start WW3 instead ...
Alan, Germany
18/12/2016 02:25
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I'll be a contestant. But then I doubt if it's real. And even if it were Russia wouldn't allow an American. We aren't wimps
Steve Wilson, Kansas city, Missour,i USA
18/12/2016 01:35
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Почему Путин и Козырь не работает это шоу?
Это кажется естественным для них, и способ создания более России, американские отношения.
Newshound, Newsmerica
18/12/2016 00:57
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People need to set their mind straight.
(If this is true) I want to say that this is madness. I do not support this. You people who came up with this idea: You are sad people.
People, who stands up for a better world - Please engage. Feel the love flow!
Moa, Swe
17/12/2016 22:26
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Oi, jessica Nichele, nos vamos?
Ras lupus, Oslo
17/12/2016 00:02
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Gabrije Vidkovic,,
Roden : 24.03.1989
Visina 180.
Tezina 75.
Posao tig zavarivac
Rodno mjasto - Slavonski Brod
Trenutno od sl.broda 13.km selo selna
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Number +385917273875
O meni vrlo uporna osoba volim izazove,istrazivanja volim jako niske teperature,,,
Sto se tice velike hladnoce biti negdje u zabiti sa zvjerima,to je za mene mnogo volim divljinu prirode,,
A za preziviti to je lako i bez dzepnog noza je moguce,,,
Volio bih najvise kad bi bio reliti shoua jedina mana mi je engleski jezik,,razumijem ga dosta ali govoriti slabo znam,,,
Gabrijel, Hrvatska
17/12/2016 00:01
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Dobro vece volio bih se prijaviti na relity shou u sibiru,, ali nemogu naci anketu da je ispunim dali je neko ima da mi posalje ,,,lp
Gabrijel, Hrvatska
16/12/2016 23:59
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Wether real or fake, this does not sound good. Living more in-line with natural law is a necessity for the human being, but in our current lifestyle that sells materials and ideas to people based on emotions and ego, living in nature, is mocked on a show/idea like this.... it doesn't have to be portrayed with an 'outlaw' sense... in fact living with the land and environment seems like some of the best information anyone can learn, and learn to appreciate if one doesn't already.
L. Bailey Jean, Los Angeles, California, Usa
16/12/2016 23:37
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@ John and anybody who wants to take part:
Send a mail to: player@game2winter.ru
1. Name, 2. Age, 3. size, 4. weight, 5. job, 6. birthplace, 7. residence, 8. link to ur Social Networks, 9. phone, 10., cityzenship, 11. Brief self description, 12. face pic, 13. Body pic, 14. Brief vieo self description.

The 2 self descriptions are important, how people will vote for you

Good luck and have fun ;)
Freddy, Frankfurt, Germany
16/12/2016 19:21
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I want to take part in this be it as a contestant or whatever is needed but cant find contact in english to tell them it is all in russian if you know how I can get contact let know.
John, London
16/12/2016 16:51
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