Kyiv Security Forum

Svyatoslav VAKARCHUK

Leading vocalist of the Ukrainian rock band «Okean Elzy», civil society activist

He is one of the most successful musicians in Ukraine and has a degree in theoretical physics. The Ukrainian magazine Korrespondent ranks him as one of the 100 most influential people of Ukraine (in 2008 ranked 55).

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.