Slava Vakarchuk 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 studio albums together with his band Okean Elzy: Tam, de nas nema Yananebibuv Model Supersymetriya GLORIA Mira Dolce Vita and also one acoustic album Tviy format. The Ukrainian magazine Korrespondent ranks him as one of the 100 most influential people of Ukraine. 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. In the Verkhovna Rada 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.