Andrei Skoch: legislative review
Deputy of the Russian State Duma A. V. Skoch was born in the village of Nikolskoye, where he spent his childhood. After graduating from school, he served in the army. He then studied at the Moscow Pedagogical State University, graduating in 2000.
Andrei Skoch earned his first profits by establishing a bakery cooperative together with his business partner Lev Kvetnoi. Then they were involved in a computer assembly business and the trade of oil products which they then sold at their own chain of gas stations. In 1995, A. V. Skoch invested his accumulated funds in the investment company Interfin. Andrei Skoch’s decision proved its value and brought considerable profit.
In 1999, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch’s business career came to an end when he got involved in politics and ran for the Russian State Duma. He gave his stake in Interfin to his father, Vladimir Skoch, who managed to preserve and even increase his capital. Over time, Interfin began to invest in other companies, and was eventually reorganized into the Metalloinvest Holding. The profits Vladimir Skoch made from his stakes in these companies were also invested in the business, including shares in Vnukovo airport.
During his 20 years in the State Duma, Andrei Skoch has co-authored over 150 bills. Many of them passed all voting stages and were published as laws in the “Parliamentary Gazette.” A. V. Skoch took over as head of the Advisory Council on Metallurgy and the Mining Industry. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with Compatriots.
Skoch has received quite a few awards throughout his career, related to both his legislative and charitable activity, which he is engaged in through the Pokolenie (Generation) Foundation, which he himself established. Some of these awards include:
- second-class and first-class medals of the Order of Merit for the Motherland;
- first-class medal for Merit of the land of Belgorod.
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch: passed laws
Many landowners were happy for the extension of so-called “dacha amnesty” for another year, an extension proposed by Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch. Thus, until March 1, 2021, citizens of Russia had an opportunity to register houses on garden plots using a simplified procedure: the owner is only required to have the rights to the land plot and a technical plan. The rest of the documents may be submitted to the registry authority at the applicant’s convenience.
Another bill Skoch proposed to amend is now under consideration: Federal Law No. 20, which concerns public health in Russia. The third paragraph of the first part of the law, which is currently inconsistent with the country’s Constitution, is under consideration. The law itself is directly related to health care development. Thanks to it, citizens can choose a physician, a hospital, or outpatient clinics to seek qualified medical care. The law also allows citizens to request all necessary information about their diagnoses and treatment methods.
Andrei Skoch also contributed to amendments to the bill that regulates occupational safety and medical care for employees. Thanks to this change, employees of companies now undergo preliminary and periodic medical examinations when working in high-risk health environments. Also, the law establishes a new procedure for medical examinations and standards of financial expenses per employee.
The charitable foundation established by Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch
In 1996, Skoch founded the “Zdorovoe Pokolenie” (“Healthy Generation”) charity foundation, now called the Pokolenie (Generation) Foundation. The Foundation assists hospitals and outpatient clinics in the Belgorod region, as well as large families, children from disadvantaged families, talented writers, students, and scientists. Thus, 22 families that participated in the “Parents Record” contest were paid a total of over 72 million rubles. Also, millions of rubles were allocated to the winners of the Healthy Childhood, Debut literary award, and other contests.
Moreover, the Foundation continues to spend millions of rubles to provide hospitals and outpatient clinics with necessary specialized equipment, as well as cover the cost of rehabilitation for many patients.
The activity of the Pokolenie Foundation is not limited to charity; the foundation is also involved in the rebuilding of military burials. This includes the restoration of monuments to the fallen in the Great Patriotic War on the territory of the Belgorod region.
Assistance is also provided to war veterans, the elderly, people with disabilities, and large families. It is also worth mentioning the Foundation’s awareness-building activity for young people.
Other charitable work of the Pokolenie Foundation
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch’s Pokolenie Foundation also renders one-time assistance. It can support either individual programs or entire organizations. Thus, 2 million rubles were allocated to the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital” to support blood transfusion services. The Pokolenie Foundation allocated money to the “Exit,” the “400th Anniversary of the Romanov House,” and the “Third Age” foundations. Occasionally the funds are used to support projects that focus on the intellectual development of citizens or cultural preservation, such as teaching English to children in the Belgorod region, supporting the National Library Resource Project or the domestic film industry.
The Foundation also supported the construction of a new building at the orphan boarding school for gifted children in the Smolensk region.