Security Level: 30
Online Name: Iron Soviet
Country of Origin: Russia
Origin of Powers: Technology
Powers: Energy Blast / Devices
Battle Cry: For the New Socialism comrades!!
Favored Attack: Air Superiority
Favored Defense: Maneuver, tactics and judicious use of firepower
Hated Nemesis: The Iron Cross
Development of the seventh and most recent Iron Soviet suit began with Project Steel Commando in 1989 shortly after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Combat with Afghan insurgents armed with bazookas, SAM-7 and Stinger missiles demonstrated the need for a high-mobility armored combat suit for Spetsnaz commando personnel. The new powered armor project was based, of course, on previous researches by Russian scientists into combat suit technology. Project Wildfire’s combat suit development (see: Red Contrail) and the KV-85 Infantry armor project (see: KV-85) provided a basis for the new suit’s fundamental technologies. An important note is that two different groups were sponsoring the KV-85 and Iron Soviet development lines for differing reasons. KV-85 was envisioned as a suit for mainline infantry combat powered armor whereas the Iron Soviet suit was being developed as a specialized combat support suit for commando use only. What the Russian Army envisioned and wanted to develop was a specialized powered armor brigade of KV-85 suits being supported from the air by high-speed Iron Soviet style commando suits. To achieve this, Project Steel Commando scientists requested access to the data on the Russian Air Force’s ICBM suit (see: ICBM), however permission to access this data was denied originally by the Air Force and was not granted until years later after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the 1972 ABM treaty in 2001.
Two years after the project was begun however, work came to a grinding halt with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Administrative chaos, lack of funding and redistribution of personnel, equipment and supplies to the breakaway successor states all contributed to Project Steel Commando’s abrupt cancellation. Development on a new Iron Soviet suit would sit in dust for nearly a decade. It would take the first contacts with the Rikti in 2001 and the full-fledged Rikti invasion in 2002 to restart the project. After the invasion, funding flowed freely and with access to both the data on the original ICBM suit and the latest research into captured Rikti weaponry and equipment, the seventh Iron Soviet suit was finally made operational. With great pride, the grandson of the original Iron Soviet was chosen to act as the new armor’s pilot. Originally assigned to duty with the Oktober Guard, Russia’s premier homeland defense team, it was decided that Paragon City would be an ideal place to deploy the new Iron Soviet. Not only would the crime-filled streets of America be the perfect place to combat test the new armored prototype but the new pilot was also chosen because of his engineering and scientific expertise--he would be in the perfect place to see what use the Americans made of the Rikti technology they had captured, both in government and in private hands (See: Crey Industries).
Yuri Tereshkova took up this challenge readily seeking not only to continue his grandfather’s legacy against the fascists (see: Fifth Column) but to convince people of the value of the socialist movement. In Yuri’s eyes the failure of the Soviet Union had been in attempting to impose the values of socialism on a peasant people who did not understand them. Stalin had succeeded in dragging peasant Russia into the 20th century but he also established a legacy of force. Yuri realized that people will resist any attempt to force them to do anything even if it is in their best interests. And so he seeks to convince the people that socialism is in their best interests and that it can and will be achieved through peaceful means and not through violence and revolution.
Like all Iron Soviets before him, Yuri has a deep and abiding hatred of fascism and Nazism. The Fifth Column has set its sights on destroying the Iron Soviet as much as the Iron Soviet has set his sights on the destruction of the Fifth Column and everything it represents. With his recent induction into the Red Brigade, the Iron Soviet looks forward to fighting the good fight alongside his socialist comrades.