The Generation (Russian: “Pokolenie”) Foundation, founded in 1996, was initially intended by Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch as a project to help children suffering from heart diseases. However, after several years, it became clear that the population should be supported in other areas as well, and the philanthropist decided to become a deputy.
The politician was born in the village of Nikolskoye, Moscow region, in 1966. He spent his childhood in his birthplace, where he also graduated from school. In 1984, he was called up for military service. When he returned to civilian life, he started to implement his business ideas.
Over 15 years in entrepreneurship, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch tried his hand in various spheres and set up companies together with his business partner Lev Kvetnoy. Their first venture was a bakery, the next was a company specialising in reselling computer accessories.
Their last and most profitable joint project was an oil refining company. They sold fuel through their own fuel station chain. The production and sale of petrol brought them considerable profits, which the business partners invested in the development of a new business.
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch received a higher education after he succeeded as a businessman. In 1998, he graduated from Sholokhov Moscow State Open Pedagogical University with a degree in educational psychology. Later he received a Ph.D.
Cooperation with Usmanov
The motive for Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch acquaintance with Alisher Usmanov, a successful businessman at the time, was the search for oil due to a shortage of raw materials on the Russian market. Usmanov did not find oil, but offered the businessmen a share in the capital of Interfin, his newly established company specialising in investments and financial transactions.
The partners accepted the offer, left the oil refining industry and changed the scope of activity. Later the company began to buy up shares in large industrial enterprises in the Belgorod region and changed its name to Metalloinvest.
Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch became Deputy General Director at one of the metallurgical plants that became part of Interfin. The factory bore considerable social responsibility, and Andrei Vladimirovich was involved in this activity. He held public meetings and was one of the first to learn about the people’s problems and needs.
At that time, the entrepreneur began to think about beginning a political career. He believed that as a member of the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia and through the development of socially important bills, he could have a positive impact on the lives of not only Belgorod residents, but also the entire population of the country.
In 1999, the businessman ran for the State Duma and, following the results of the December elections, became a deputy of the third convocation. After his election, he transferred his assets in Interfin to his father, Vladimir Skoch.
For more than 20 years in politics, Deputy Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch has initiated and co-authored 162 legislative initiatives relating, among other things, to the reformation of Russia’s system of higher education, responsible treatment of animals, aid to orphans, and control over the organisation of children’s recreation.
The Generation (“Pokolenie”) Foundation
The humanitarian organisation has been carrying out charity work in and outside the Belgorod region for 25 years. Over this period, the Foundation has helped thousands of citizens, allocated funds to support several dozens of educational, healthcare and other institutions and restored war memorials in Russia and abroad.
Support for healthcare has always been a priority for the Generation Foundation. Targeted aid is provided to individuals; they are compensated for treatment, rehabilitation and medication costs. In addition, regional clinics have received several hundred units of equipment, and during the pandemic, medical workers received protective equipment and antiseptics from Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch’s Foundation.
There are medical centres in the Belgorod region, which are funded by the organisation. One of them, the Generation Ophthalmological Centre in Stary Oskol, was opened in 2001.
Over the past twenty years, the Centre has provided professional ophthalmological care for 550,000 people; 10,000 of them received medical treatment free of charge. Among the privileged patients are children, war veterans, large families, low-income families and others.
The hi-tech equipment from Germany and the US allows the clinic to provide high-class services. The clinic was the first in Stary Oskol to apply modern methods of therapy for different eye diseases, and operations are performed on an outpatient basis.
In 2003, the first hardware vision therapy room for the younger was opened in the medical centre. For several years, it was the only organisation in town that offered this level of medical care.
Apart from healthcare, Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch’s Foundation strongly supports education, helps front-line soldiers and low-income families and organises special awards and competitions for medical workers, students and parents with many children.