Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch, born in Nikolskoye village, Moscow region, is a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. He takes an active part in the development of drafts and directs the charity organization “Generation”, which helps large families, veterans, doctors, scientists and talented youth.
Andrei Vladimirovich spent his childhood in a village near Moscow, where the future politician attended an ordinary secondary school. After receiving a school certificate, he joined the reconnaissance and amphibious troops. After serving in the army, A.V. Skoch left for Moscow and graduated from the State Pedagogical Open University, and then went into business. His first steps as an entrepreneur were made in difficult times for Russia — the the beginning of the 90s.
Andrei Skoch and his friend Lev Kvetnoi started their business opening a bakery. They also were engaged in the components’ details supply, and then began their work in the petrol industry. The partners created a reliable production chain for the supply of petroleum products for their further sale at their own petrol stations.
Later, they met with Alisher Usmanov, the creator of the company Interfin. Skoch and Kvetnoi decided to invest the accumulated funds in his company, and it brought excellent dividends. Over time, Interfin was transformed into the Metalloinvest Group of companies. The holding acquired shares in the large industrial plants, in which Skoch Andrei Vladimirovich received a proportion of shares.
By the end of the 1990s, the management of Andrei Skoch’s business was in the hands of his partners. The entrepreneur himself became more and more interested in politics.
In 1999, he put forward his candidacy for election to the State Duma from the Belgorod region, where his production assets were located in the Lebedinsky GOK and the Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant. Andrei Vladimirovich managed to bypass opponents, gaining 54% of votes. He transferred his share in business to his father, Vladimir Skoh. who is still a co-owner of USM Holding, which combined projects of Alisher Usmanov’s and his partners.
Andrei Skoch’s political activity
Skoch Andrei Vladimirovich has been a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation for many years. Among the most significant achievements of the Russian politician are:
- participation in the writing of over 150 drafts ;
- work as the head of the Expert Council on Metallurgy and Mining Industry;
- participation in the State Duma Committee on CIS issues and relations with countrymen.
For the results of his fruitful political and legislative work, Andrei Vladimirovich was awarded an honorary diploma of the State Duma and received a Letter of Acknowledgement from the President of Russia and the Government of the Russian Federation.
In 1996, Andrei Skoch came up with the idea of creating a charitable organization to help children with serious illnesses. The foundation, originally called Healthy Generation ( Zdorovoye Pokolenie), today exists under a more concise name – Generation (Pokolenie). The sphere of activity of the humanitarian organization has significantly expanded over a quarter of a century.
Today, the Generation ( Pokolenie ) Foundation implements major long-term projects that cover a variety of spheres of society. The organization provides support to children, youth, large families, pensioners, war veterans, and the people with disabilities. The Foundation establishes author programs and initiatives aimed at the development of medicine, science and technology in Russia. Andrei Skoch’s father has actively participated in charitable activities. He regularly allocates money from his own funds for the needs of individual citizens, organizations and institutions.
The head of the Generation (Pokolenie) Foundation pays a lot of attention to the education of young people. His organization creates and supports the military-patriotic clubs and the volunteer associations. Most of them operate in Belgorod and other cities of the Belgorod region. Andrei Vladimirovitch Skoch’s Generation ( Pokolenie) Foundation has been involved for many years in the restoration and reconstruction of the memorial complexes, the obelisk monuments to the fallen Soviet and Russian soldiers, helping to restore a decent look of the graves of the fallen soldiers. Such initiatives help to strengthen friendly ties with other states, since many of these military-historical sites are located abroad.
The Foundation helps to restore cultural objects and Orthodox churches. Over the years of its existence, over 504 million rubles have been allocated for these needs.
Support of exemplary parents by Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch
In 2011, A.V. Skoch established a competition “Parental Record” for large families. A year later, he received the status of an all-russian. The prize fund has received in five years — from 5 to 15 million rubles. The competition was attended by fathers and mothers with many children who are the citizens of Russia, leading a respectable lifestyle and responsibly suited to fulfilling their parental duty. Over the years of the initiative’s existence, 22 families have been awarded.
Thanks to the Generation ( Pokolenie ) Foundation, children from ten to fourteen from socially unprotected families – mostly public sector workers or soldiers who served in Chechnya and Afghanistan – were able to have a vacation on the Black Sea coast. The number of teenagers who received such an opportunity since 2002 has amounted to 4,800 people.
A.V. Skoch pays great attention to individual appeals received by his foundation. Generation (Pokolenie) allocates funds for operations for people suffering from serious diseases, and helps with equipping medical centers. It allocates funds for repair work in the various cultural and religious centers. The organization’s charitable activity is of great importance for the Belgorod region. In 2020, Andrei Skoch paid great attention to the coronavirus epidemic in his charity work. His foundation helped to provide masks and protective suits for the doctors and the volunteers of Belgorod’s hospitals.