We have been covering the the gear being used on the 3rd season of Alone on the History Channel, but that is apparently too tame for Russian television. One network is launching a newer, extreme show that looks to be more Hunger Games than Survivor. 30 contestants, half women, will be set loose on a 9-month Siberian survival challenge. It is being billed as being almost completely hands-off on the part of the production crew.
Contestants from different countries seeking a £1.3 million prize will be issued with knives but not guns and expected to hunt and fish for food to stay alive.
The shocking rules say: “Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
Russian millionaire Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, 35, is the brains behind the extreme contest – but says the show won’t take responsibility for what happens to the contestants.
He 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.”
But while the show’s own rules are that absolutely anything goes, Russian criminal laws will still apply if contestants do end up turning savage.
Contestants are told if there is proof of criminality “the police will come and take you away”.
I am pretty sure that Russian liability laws are considerably more lax than those found Stateside, but I am also pretty sure they do in fact exist in some capacity. We’ll see how this plays out. It is probably a good deal of hype, the reality will likely be something milder.
I wonder if any of them will chose a traditional Siberian Yakut knife.
If you thought 2016 was bad, wait until you hear the opening line of the Running Man trailer:
“In the year Two-thousand seventeen…”