Svyatoslav Vakarchuk

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Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
Святослав Вакарчук
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk in Moscow,
Russia on March 21, 2008.
Background information
Birth name Sviatoslav Ivanovych Vakarchuk
Born (1975-05-14) May 14, 1975 (age 39)
Mukachevo, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, (now Ukraine)
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Okean Elzy

Slava Vakarchuk (Ukrainian: Святосла́в Іва́нович Вакарчу́к, born May 14, 1975) is the lead vocalist of Okean Elzy, the most successful post-Soviet rock band in Ukraine. He is the son of Ivan Vakarchuk, a professor of physics at Lviv University and the former Minister of Education and Science in Ukraine.

He was active in supporting the Orange Revolution, and is involved in many social and cultural projects. He is one of the most successful musicians in Ukraine and has a degree in theoretical physics. By the year 2010, he had released seven (7) studio albums together with his band Okean Elzy:

and also one (1) acoustic album Tviy format (Your format, 2003).

The Ukrainian magazine Korrespondent ranks him as one of the 100 most influential people of Ukraine (in 2008 ranked 55).[1]

In the early parliamentary elections on September 30, 2007 he appeared as an independent candidate on the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc's list (as nr 15). In the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) he was a member of the parliamentary committee for freedom of speech questions. In early September 2008, he renounced his seat in the Verkhovna Rada due to the political situation.[2]

In 2008, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk released a solo project "Vnochi" (In the Night). This album was released under the name of Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, but it includes appearances by all members of "Okean Elzy" and other various guest musicians.

Pershiy mil'yon[edit]

Vakarchuk after winning the million

Vakarchuk answered all questions correctly and won the grand prize (1 million hryvnias)[3] for the first time on the Ukrainian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, called Khto khoche stati mil'yonerom? – Pershiy mil'yon. He donated his winnings to a charity.


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