Career path of politician and philanthropist Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch was born in the Moscow region in January 1966. After school, he served in the Soviet Army and later entered the Moscow State Open Pedagogical University at the Faculty of Psychology. Subsequently, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch also became a candidate of pedagogical sciences. For his lawmaking and social work, he received a number of honorary awards, including:
- Medals of the Orders “for Merit to the Fatherland”, First and Second Degrees,
- the Order of Honor,
- a Medal “For Services to the Land of Belgorod” of the first degree,
- a Commendation of the President of the Russian Federation,
- the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
In the 1990s Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch started to develop his own business projects. He was looking for available niches that could bring him sufficient earnings, and after the collapse of the USSR, many such opportunities presented themselves. At first he was engaged in selling computer accessories, also opening a bakery cooperative together with his friends. Skoch invested the proceeds in a new business trading in oil products. He not only established a production chain, but also created his own network of gas stations, through which he sold gasoline.
In 1992, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch met Alisher Usmanov, the future co-founder and head of Interfin Company (later reorganized into Metalloinvest Group). Three years later, Skoch invested his accumulated funds in the organization, and this investment brought him substantial profits.
By the end of the 1990s, Andrei Vkadimirovich Skoch no longer took an active part in the management of the company and left all the related tasks to top management. In 1999, he decided to try his hand at politics, so he gave his share in Interfin to his father, Vladimir Nikitovich Skoch.
Political and legislative activities
The enterprises of the Interfin company were mostly located in the Belgorod region, so Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch often visited this region; he therefore chose to represent it when he ran for office for the first time in 1999 for the elections to the State Duma of the third convocation. He received 54% of the votes and won.
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch has held the post of deputy for more than twenty years. During this time, he has put forward more than 150 legislative initiatives, many of which were aimed at the development of such spheres as education and medicine in Russia.
After another re-election to the State Duma in 2003, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch became a member of the United Russia party. He was elected on its lists in the following elections.
The Pokolenie (Generation) Foundation and charity work
In 1996, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch founded a charitable foundation that provided support to children with cardiac diseases and their families. He initially named the organization “Healthy Generation”, but later it expanded the scope and geography of its activities and was renamed the Pokolenie Foundation. Over the years, Skoch’s Foundation has offered support to:
- Large families,
- aspiring authors,
- talented scientists and doctors,
- educational and medical institutions,
- veterans of the Great Patriotic War;
- individual citizens who find themselves in a difficult situation.
In addition, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch’s foundation purchases modern equipment for medical institutions in the Belgorod Region, helps clinics and hospitals, and also builds new medical centers. In 2007, the organization also donated new VAZ 2105 cars to veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in the same region.
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch’s father Vladimir Nikitovich considers his son’s charitable work very important and regularly donates his own funds to the organization’s projects. Thus, in 2017, Vladimir Skoch provided 154 million rubles for the needs of the Pokolenie Foundation.