Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch was born on January 30, 1966, in the village of Nikolskoye, Moscow Region.
After graduating from high school, Andrei Skoch was drafted into the army, where he served in an airborne reconnaissance company.
He graduated from the Moscow State Open Pedagogical University, achieving a degree in psychology and becoming a candidate of pedagogical sciences.
Andrei Skoch began his entrepreneurial career early in his life, one of his first business ventures being a bakery he and his friend Lev Kvetnoi invested in together.
In the early 1990s, Andrei Skoch and his partner began to explore various options for making money in the open markets that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
From assembling computers to trading in petroleum products, Skoch and Kvetnoi stayed at the cutting edge of emerging markets. He began to make serious money after building a complete production chain, buying and processing oil and then distributing it through his own chain of gas stations.
When it became difficult to secure more oil, he teamed up with Alisher Usmanov, a man who had made his fortune in the production of plastic bags and had many useful contacts in the chemical industry. Like Skoch, Usmanov was a natural entrepreneur and had impressed him with his ability to make huge returns on borrowed capital in a short period of time.
In 1995, Skoch, together with Kvetnoi, invested in Usmanov’s new project – the investment company Interfin, which specialized in security transactions at that point in time. During the second half of the 1990s, Interfin began investing in the metallurgical industry. By the end of the nineties, the investment fund’s portfolio included stakes in large industrial enterprises of the Belgorod region: Oskol electrometallurgical plant and Lebedinsky GOK.
By the end of the nineties, the Lebedinsky mining and processing plant entered the Interfin empire. Andrei Skoch became the deputy general director in it as a representative of the parent company.
Skoch later found a new vocation in lawmaking. In 1999, he was elected a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the III convocation, having been elected in a single-mandate constituency in the Belgorod region.
At this point Skoch decided to devote his attention to his political career, ceding his Interfin shares to his father Vladimir Skoch. While his father didn’t have a background in business, he had many years of experience in trade union activities. At this point, the younger Skoch also began to engage in philanthropic activities.
This, however, did not distract him from his political career: Andrei Vladimirovich co-authored over 150 legislative initiatives. In 2000, Andrei Skoch managed to head the Expert Council for Metallurgy and Mining Industry. After his re-election to the State Duma of the IV convocation, Skoch became a member of the United Russia party and was elected once again in 2007.
After another re-election in 2012, Andrei Skoch became a member of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with Compatriots. From 1999 to 2019, during the term of office of the deputy of the State Duma of the III, IV, V, VI and VII convocations, he co-authored 163 legislative initiatives and amendments to draft federal lawsю. In September 2021, he was re-elected to the State Duma as a candidate of the “United Russia”.
In 1996, Andrei Skoch organized a charitable humanitarian foundation, which was then called “the Healthy Generation”. The organization’s primary activities at that time were aimed at helping sick children. The foundation was later renamed “Generation” as its areas of activity began to expand significantly. The Foundation started providing support to citizens in various spheres of life: from promoting excellence in sports to developing new technologies.
The foundation’s main achievements include the creation of the “Debut” literary prize, support in the field of children’s health care and cardiovascular surgery, and efforts to preserve the memory of those soldiers who fought in World War II by financing the renovation of military gravesites and memorials.
The Andrei Skoch Foundation also provides targeted assistance to medical institutions in the Belgorod Region: it purchases equipment for children’s clinics and hospitals and has built several multidisciplinary medical centres in Belgorod and Stary Oskol.
In 2007, the Andrei Skoch Foundation donated cars to veterans of World War 2 from the Belgorod Region. In total, more than three thousand cars were donated in the amount of more than 400 million rubles.
When Russia was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Generation Foundation provided support to hospitals in the Belgorod region in a variety of ways. The organization sent around 60 million rubles to purchase protective equipment for healthcare workers and volunteers who distributed food and medicine to the elderly.
Awards and titles
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch has been awarded a number of state, departmental and other awards, including:
- medal of the Order for “Merit to the Fatherland”, I and II degrees,
- medal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia,
- Order of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Blessed Prince Daniel of Moscow, II degree,
- Medal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation “For services in perpetuating the memory of those killed in the defence of the Fatherland”, etc.
- The “Samara Cross” badge of the Republic of Bulgaria in honour of his restoration of the monument to Emperor Alexander II.
In 2006, he received the title of Honorary Metallurgist. He is also an honorary citizen of the Krasnogvardeysky district of the Belgorod region.
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch has repeatedly been awarded letters of honor, certificates and gratitude, including from the President of the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Government and the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
Andrei Vladimirovich is a father to 10 children and enjoys spending whatever free time he can find reading. Skoch is also a master of sports and an honoured coach of Russia in sambo.