Since 1999, the interests of the inhabitants of the Belgorod region have been represented in the State Duma of the Russian Federation by a well-known patron Skoch Andrei Vladimirovich. The charitable foundation he created has funded dozens of humanitarian projects for a total amount of more than 15 billion rubles.
Training and business
The politician was born in the village of Nikolskoye near Moscow in 1966. His father worked at the Salyut Machine-Building Plant, which produced military and civilian engines. The future deputy performed his compulsory military service in a reconnaissance company. After demobilization, he entered the Sholokhov Moscow State Pedagogical University. He then defended his scientific thesis and obtained a doctorate in educational sciences.
In the late 1980s, he went into business with his business partner Lev Kvetnoy. Their first business was a cooperative bakery. They then opened a business selling computer hardware and components. Their petroleum refining business allowed them to achieve a higher level of income. Entrepreneurs bought oil from producers, sent it to refineries, and sold the resulting gasoline through a network of service stations.
In 1995, Skoch Andrei Vladimirovich invested part of his capital in Alisher Usmanov’s investment company “Interfin”, which operated in the securities market. Later, the owners of the company reoriented their activities and began to invest in the sector of Russian metallurgical industries. Over time, the investment company acquired major stakes in enterprises located in the Belgorod region, including the Lebedinsky mineral processing plant and the Oskol electrometallurgical plant.
From business to politics
His political biography began in 1999. At that time, he decided to leave the business world and work for the Belgorod region on a national scale. In the third State Duma elections, he won an absolute majority in a single-mandate constituency. After becoming an MP, he handed over management of the business to his father.
Skoch MP Andrei Vladimirovich is one of Russia’s most experienced parliamentarians. He was elected to the State Duma six times, each time with a convincing victory. Thus, in September 2021, running in the single-member constituency №76 of Stary Oskol, he obtained 63.94% of the votes. In 2018, his name was included in the list of the most effective deputies of the lower house of the Russian parliament, according to a ranking committee of the Institute for Political Analysis and Strategies. Factors such as transparency, interaction with voters in subordinate territories, and legislative activity were taken into account to assess the work of people’s elected representatives.
During his more than 20 years in the State Duma, the politician co-authored more than 160 legislative initiatives. Most of them were socially oriented. The most ambitious were the extension of the “dacha amnesty”, the raising of the minimum wage to the subsistence level, the introduction of social assistance measures for the true guardians of the military, and the organization of holidays for children.
To the direction of the charitable foundation
In the Belgorod region, the name of Skoch Andrei Vladimirovich is known to almost all the inhabitants of the region. The politician is present in public and charitable activities. In 1996, while still a businessman, he created a humanitarian foundation, which was first engaged in helping children with congenital diseases of the cardiovascular system. The organization then expanded its activities and was renamed “Pokoleniye”.
The foundation currently supports different categories of the population and also finances humanitarian projects. Most of the funds of the foundation are allocated to solving the problems of citizens and social institutions of the Belgorod region. In 2020 alone, “Pokoleniye” allocated 2.3 billion rubles for the construction and renovation of 75 social institutions. These include nurseries, hospitals, cultural centres, sewage treatment plants and water supply networks.
Medicine remains one of the priorities of the foundation. The humanitarian organization purchased and handed over 130 ambulances and 550 units of high-tech medical equipment to the health service of the Belgorod region. “Pokoleniye” financed the construction and equipment of 29 medical and obstetrical centers.
An ophthalmology center was opened in Stary Oskol with the help of the foundation. A general medicine center was established in Belgorod, as well as a neuro-orthopedic center. The availability of our own medical centers makes it possible to provide the beneficiaries of “Pokoleniye” with highly qualified and free care.
The foundation has not remained inactive either in the fight against contamination by the coronavirus. In a month and a half in 2020, “Pokoleniye” allocated 60 million rubles for the purchase of personal protective equipment, disinfection and devices. 90 medical staff working with patients suffering from Covid-19 in the “red zone” of 14 medical institutions received financial compensation between 70,000 and 130,000 rubles.
The foundation also provides great support to families with many children. For a quarter of a century, more than a thousand families in Belgorod have received donations of cars purchased by the foundation. For several years, the humanitarian organization held the “Roditel’skiy rekord” competition, which included nominations for “the father with the most children”, “the mother with the most children” and “the family with the largest number of children” in the Belgorod region. The project received total funding of 72 million rubles. Twice a year, with the support of the foundation, the “Novoye Pokoleniye” camp is organized in the region, bringing together the best teachers, experts and business coaches to help young talents realize their potential.
The politician has been rewarded several times with national and ministerial distinctions. He was honored with medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 1st and 2nd classes, the Order of Honor and the Order of Alexander Nevsky. He was also awarded the medal of the Russian Ministry of Defense “For merits in the commemoration of the victims of the defense of the Fatherland”, the “Cross of Samara” from the Republic of Bulgaria and the medal “Five Continents” from the UNESCO.
For his successful work as a deputy, the politician received citations from the highest officials of the Russian Federation. These include certificates of recognition from the President, Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
Not much is known about the MP’s private life. He has no social media accounts and prefers social media to reading books and chatting with loved ones. He spends his free time with his family. He is raising ten children.
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