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'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
09 March 2017

Real-life adventurers to a 'professional blonde' queue to participate in the ultimate brutal television reality contest, where 'rape and murder' are not banned.

The ultimate brutal television reality contest. Picture: Yevgeny Pyatkovsky

The show to be broadcast worldwide on the web starting in July will see 30 participants, 15 of them women, ditched on a large island in the Ob River, the seventh longest in the world, chasing a 100 million rouble ($1.7 million) prize on a nine month survival mission in winter temperatures as low as minus 50C.

Called Game2:Winter, the reality TV programme has quietly dropped a shocking rule that stated: 'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.'

When asked if he will intervene if there is 'physical violence, rape, a murder', organiser Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, 35, a Novosibirsk millionaire, told The Siberian Times: 'No we won't. I am pretty sure there will be fights, and more. We are not scared of negative reaction if that happens either.'

He insisted it would be made clear to the international participants ahead of the show 'that punishment will follow according to the Russian Criminal Code'. In other words, any action would be for the police or other law enforcement agencies only, not the show's organisers. 

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
Called Game2:Winter, the reality TV programme has quietly dropped a shocking rule that stated: 'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.' Picture: Yevgeny Pyatkovsky

Pyatkovsky has stated previously: '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 spelled out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.'

There would be no rules restricting sex between the participants, he said. 

'We will not intervene into relations between participants nor monitor their sexual life either, and our cameras will not be able to follow every move in every corner of the island. 

'They are free to form any couple or union, and there is no limits or rules regarding sex. 

'If a woman falls pregnant - and manages to carry the baby - that's fine with us. 

'We will show the baby after the project is over.' 

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
It gets to minus 50C in winter in Tomsk region of Siberia. Picture: Danil Barashkov

The survival race on the island will be filmed and broadcast 24 hours a day on an internet TV channel, Pyatkovsky said. The island of nine square kilometres is in Tomsk region, he announced.

'It gets to minus 50C in winter, and it is infested with brown bears. This area of Siberia has always lots of bears, but recently numbers doubled because more animals migrated from the north of Krasnoyarsk region, pushed away by wildfires.'

He made clear that the conditions would be more testing than on any TV reality game show. At the start of the show, 'brown bears will be at the end of their mating season. Days after they calm down a bit, the biting gnats will arrive'. 

They will be allowed knives but no other weapons and he admitted that if a bear attacks a participant, there may be nothing the organisers can do. 

'There will be a ground team on duty, and one or two helicopters for emergency situations,' he said. 'Having said that, bears can run as fast as 60 kph, and our two thousand cameras on the island would not be able to cover every centimetre  of the forests 

'This is the raw Siberian taiga: anything can happen, and we might not be on time to solve an emergency. 

'The participants will have knives only, no guns will be allowed. They won't be allowed to bring anything with them.'

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
The show is a brainchild of Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, pictured 

Survival will depend on growing food and storing it for winter, catching fish from a plenteous supply in the Ob, or killing game. 

'We will give one set of clothes to every participant and it must last till the end of the show. Right after the arrival our survivors will be given the task of building a house, shelter, or anything they decide to live in during autumn and winter.'

At the start, they will chose from a storage 100 kg worth of winter clothes, tools like a hand saw and axe, fishing rods, ropes, soaps, salt and sugar. 

'The set of clothes, food and instruments will not be replaced,' Pyatkovsky said.'There will presenters whose role is to give initial tips about surviving in Siberia - for example, how to catch an otter, or how to behave when you meet a wild bear, and also to organise various competitions and quests.

'One might be being woken early in the morning from a loud alarm. 

'A worried presenter's voice will announce that a group of criminals broke out of a nearby jail and is already on the island. 

'The task will be to catch the criminals, and whoever does so gets a prize from a sponsor.'

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
The island of nine square kilometres is in Tomsk region. Picture: Tourist Club Tomsk 

Pyatkovsky, a father-of-two,  said: 'There is nothing like this show in the whole world. No-one has done it as a real thing where people will actually have to use every skill they ever gained, social, physical, psychological, to survive.'

'You will be able to watch it from every corner of the world at any moment of the day and night, as you move, work, drink with your girlfriend in the bar, or relax with a cup of tea at the end of the day.'

Asked for his goal in running the extreme show, he said bluntly: 'To earn money, this is my main task. I will however reach several other goals at the meantime. I will show what Siberians are worth as survivors, how strong and resilient, but also how warm, fair and humorous we are. 

'I am hoping we will become  heroes in the eyes of an international audience who I hope will have better grip of how we managed to conquer this part of Russia, and make it home. 

'I will show stunningly beautiful nature of Siberia and will increase interest from tourists from all over the world.'

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
Tomsk region, north of Western Siberia. Picture: Andrey Bosh

Pyatkovsky said: I've been thinking about this show since the time I first saw Lost. I thought that surely there must be a way to do a real survival show, where people face all the real problems of daily life in the Siberian taiga. 

'I envisaged it being organised in Siberia, but I had no idea as to how to transmit it so that the whole world could see it. Now I know, and the time has finally come. 

'Several years ago I realised that I could set up cameras and arrange seamless broadcast, and this is when I started to work on the details of the show. 

'It took me long two and a half years of preparations, and now I am ready.'

Hundreds of would-be participants have applied, and the selection will be made by online viewers.

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia 

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
Real-life adventurers to a 'professional blonde' queue to participate. Pictures: Yevgeny Pyatkovsky

Among the hopefuls are:

Natalya Korneva, 26, an actress from St Petersburg: 'I travel whenever I have some spare time, during the last 5 years I covered more than 150,000 km, most of them alone. 

'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.'

Jonghyun Lee, 22, from South Korea: 'I have served in the South Korean Air Force, and currently I am a student. Right now I am in the middle of America, biking from Los-Angeles to the East Coast. Regardless of the prize, I love problems.

'I want to go through difficulties because it'll make me better. The primitive instinct of fighting nature without any help is what excites me.'

Dmitry Russkikh, 31, a security service officer from Saratov: 'Extreme, sport and travelling while getting new impressions is what drives me. I grew up on the shores of great Russian Volga River, fishing with my father and grandfather. I spent a lot of time diving, mountain climbing, snowboarding and mountain biking.'

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
Jonghyun Lee, 22, from South Korea: 'I have served in the South Korean Air Force, and currently I am a student.' 

Yelena Grischenko, 21, a student from Kazakhstan: 'I love playing computer games, specially Perfect World and Wow. I read a lot, love Russian classics and fantasy.'

Irina Agisheva, 30, a swimming coach from Nizhny Novgorod: 'I want to do something so mad and unforgettable so that people later say 'do you remember that girl...'. We only live once and we must  make the best of our lives. I'm ready.'

Klara Yuchyugyaeva, 33, a real estate agent from Yakutsk (Siberia): 'I love sport since childhood, I was born in Yakutia and I am not afraid of difficulties. For me the taiga is something mysterious and amazing, so please help me discover it.'

Oksana Shiganova, a 28 year old driver from Murmansk in the Russian Arctic: 'I am a professional blonde, a girl who loves dresses, manicure 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.' 

Oleg Baturin, a 35 year old economist, said: 'I live in Chelyabinsk, the capital city of the South Urals. Our city has always been known for its strong men - and to prove it I challenge myself and all other participants. I want to spend long time in the wild, try new places and go through new hardships.'

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
Matts David Goldberg, 36, a student from Sweden: 'I want to take part to inspire people and to help them fight for their dreams'

Matts David Goldberg, 36, a student from Sweden: 'I want to take part to inspire people and to help them fight for their dreams. I also want to go through exactly what my grandfather endured when he worked all around the Siberian taiga after being captured during World War II. I am an adventurer, a teacher and a journalist.'

Mikhail Utrobun, 29, a sportsman from Khabarovsk: 'This is my chance, finally I'll become a millionaire.'

Those taking part 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 50C or lower in the depths of the Siberian winter. 

'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,' said Pyatkovsky.

'There will be no film 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. 

'Real Hunger Games' gears up for TV launch from bear-infested island in Siberia
The ultimate brutal television reality contest. Picture: Yevgeny Pyatkovsky

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 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. 

Comments (72)

where do i sign up
Billy Bob, altoona U.S.
27/03/2017 20:33
Where do i sign up ?
Gianna Giordano, Staten Island
21/03/2017 02:38
This is a crazy game . government of Russia should take proper step to stop the game and help the 30 people of under the game.
maruf ahmed farhan, BANGLADESH
18/03/2017 20:34
This is completely insane. I think these women think they're pretty looks is going to save their behind. I don't think they really understand what's going on here. If you think that someone would not risk raping someone you are sadly mistaken. I am sure it's just like the producer of this show said there will be places that the camera doesn't follow. Sadly, a human life is not worth one point seven million dollars to greedy people or criminals. You people had better get ready for the return of Christ.
Me, Somewhere
16/03/2017 07:21
Shame on you!! NO ONE should support this inhumane nonsense.
MM, United States
15/03/2017 20:47
Winter is coming as well i am with winter
John Snow, antartica
15/03/2017 17:14
I've reported this to the Russian Office of Public Corruption
Ashrute xmcnvhy , Russia
14/03/2017 18:21
I have also read in a previous article about this challenge that the contestants mus PAY to participate.
Glen, South Carolina, USA
13/03/2017 07:05
Only hardcores need apply there!!

These people have already lost their minds & bit desperate but money on that level (errr provided one person wins & the rest lose out after all this traumatic soul crushing enduring 9months challenging experience) is too alluring for the slightly deluded lunatics (especially for the vulnerable women, as NOT getting raped will be high up on their agenda alone) applying.

As it seems to be bit of a lawless experience where anything goes, why not put the criminally insane, serial killers, crazy hardcore prisoners to terrorists etc on this for free out of prison experience & their reward would be a touch of internet fame?

Bitter cold winters there can last for 5months so having any bonfires everyday to keep warm or cooking food or water will be screaming out for attention for all creatures of the night/day including folks losing the plot to paranoid weirdos to the mean desperates. What happens if you're injured but barely alive or not eaten well & get extremely weak or catch a virus? Real question is, is anyone going to last physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually & pschologically?? Worth dying for?
Annie, London, UK
12/03/2017 09:39
I was in that part of Siberia one summer, about 400 miles down the river (that is North-West). The show melted by mid June in the shadowy places, but the ground was like ice until late July. The worst enemies in that place in summer were not the bears (too many people around digging for oil with heavy and loud equipment), but the mosquitoes. They are twice larger than European, and they eat you alive, if you don't have protection. There are small little flies that drink you blood too, but you don't even feel them,unlike mosquitoes. You'll be unable to sleep, so your ability to detect and resist larger enemies will be weak. You'll be praying for cold! Good luck surviving through October...
Michael, New Jersey, USA
11/03/2017 20:25
A lot of people here are complaining that the show is "evil" by "allowing" rape and murder, but you have the wrong idea completely. Anyone who does commit a crime or crimes during the show WILL be prosecuted, their actions just will not be prevented by the organisers themselves. Also, what makes you hunk there will be so much rape and murder? Do you know how hard it is to survive in Siberia without having enemies as well? it will be too risky to openly fight someone in the show. The people who signed up know all this too, did you read any of the entry comments, because none of them mention wanting to fight. Not one of them. Molehills ---> mountains
Human, England
11/03/2017 16:14
While I do think this show sounds brutal and horrifying, I can't help but be intrigued.

And I'm just saying. The contestants agreed to this. There's a whole contract they have to sign for if something happens. You can blame Yevgeny Pyatskovsky all you want, but you have to remember that he just came up with the idea. If no one signed up, so be it. But people did.

I just find it incredibly amazing that people that are completely different from one another -- a student traveling across America, a swimming coach, an actress, and so many others are being brought together with their one interest in survival. I find this fascinating, and I just can't wait to see what happens.

I'll definitely be looking out for this series. It sounds really quite interesting, and I want to see what will happen in a real life Hunger Games.
Erica, USA
11/03/2017 11:59
If you watch this creep's snuff film saga then you are the problem with society. As for the actors, people will do anything for fame fortune and 'fun' as they think it.

The showman already promotes evil. He's going to release 'criminals' for them to capture? WTF? Mr. Showman could have premised 'pioneering the wilderness' and starting a village. What you need in survival is neighborly help for each other. Instead he promises ... rape! murder! Sick show for a sick audience in a sick world.
Ilya, Lithuania
11/03/2017 06:13
What has the world come too.alowing rape and murder to take place for entertainment.some people are just plain sick."I guess money really is the root of all evil"
Leah emra, Newberg Oregon usa
11/03/2017 05:51
I don't understand about the Russian criminal code. It says participants will be held to that. Does that mean if they commit a crime during the show they get in trouble after the show?
L Harris, USA
11/03/2017 05:48

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