Andrei Skoch is a member of the Russian State Duma. He has been marked with the following state and international awards for his active social and charitable activity:
- 1st and 2nd Class Medals of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”;
- The UNESCO Five Continents Medal;
- The Order of Honour;
- The memorial sign of the Bulgarian government “The Samara Cross”;
- The Order of Alexander Nevsky;
- The Medal of the Russian Ministry of Defense for perpetuating the memory of the fallen Defenders of the Fatherland.
Biography and Legislative Work
Andrei Skoch was born in the village of Nikolskoye located near Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow State Open Pedagogical University where he studied psychology. Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch embarked on the entrepreneurial career path starting from computer hardware sales, and later on made his first million by selling petroleum products and invested in the company “Interfin” engaged in security investments. In the late 90s, the company bought shares in the state enterprises, such as Oskol Electrometallurgical Plant and Lebedinsky GOK. In 1999, Andrei Skoch became a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation under the mandate of the Belgorod region. Afterwards, Andrei Skoch was reelected in the State Duma five times more – in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016 and 2021. He has launched over 150 legislative initiatives. During his legislative activity, he was conferred with medals of honour, orders, letters of commendation, and acknowledgements, including those from the State Duma and from the president of the Russian Federation.
The “Generation” foundation
The charitable foundation “Pokoleniye” created by Andrei Skoch in the city of Belgorod made it possible to open a modern medical center with the best equipment at that time. Besides, with the help of this foundation a new neuro-orthopedics medical center was opened in Belgorod, and an ophthalmology center in the city of Stary Oskol. In addition, within 2015 – 2019, 29 first medic aid stations were opened in the villages of Valuyki, Gubkin, Korocha, Krasnoe, Rovenki and Stary Oskol districts.
Awards established by the Generation foundation jointly with The National Medical Research Center named in honour of A.N. Bakulev and the Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital stimulate the development of the Russian regional medicine. Andrei Skoch established a literary award “Debut” for young writers under 25. He was awarded the title “The Best Arts Patron” for this initiative.
In 2015, president Vladimir Putin decorated Andrei Skotch with the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
Restoration of Monuments
In 2008 – 2010, the charitable foundation run by Andrei Skoch reconditioned an obelisk and a war memorial in the city of Lyushunkou in the People’s Republic of China. The monuments are dedicated to the soldiers of the USSR and Russia who fell in the battles on the territory of the country. On December 13, 2010, Andrei Skoch was awarded his first Order of Honour. Due to the Generation fund, Russian Necropolis in the city of Belgorod has also been reconstructed, as well as the cemetery of the Soviet Army servicemen in Hungary, “Katyn” memorial in Smolensk region, over 170 monuments to the victims of the Great Patriotic War in the Belgorod region.