From: "Ex Machina (comics)" page on Wikipedia.org website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_Machina_%28comic%29; viewed 6 June 2007):
Ivan "Kremlin" Tereshkov: A mechanic on Coney Island and family friend. He acts as a mentor for Mitchell, inspiring him to don The Great Machine uniform. The Russian immigrant is not pleased Mitchell gave up his superhero career to pursue a profession he does not think highly of. Though disillusioned by the Soviet Union, he still believes in the dream of communism. Kremlin believes that it was Mitchell's cosmic purpose to become the Great Machine, and he is covertly working to ensure that Hundred is not re-elected. Kremlin is visually based on a real-life once-neighbor of Tony Harris.
From: "MSNBC talks religion of superheroes" forum discussion started 15 June 2006 on BKV.TV website (http://www.bkv.tv/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=117679&sid=4ea823f1318d399750740ae4287a02f5; viewed 6 June 2007):
Brian K. Vaughan
Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:22 pm
MSNBC talks religion of superheroes
Also references this page: http://www.beliefnet.com/features/comicbookfaith.html
Robert JC Gill
Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:34 pm
...Interesting that they mention Gambit's Catholicism; I think one of the GAMBIT miniseries from the '90s mentions a New Orleans Catholic church, sacred to Remy LeBeau and the Thieves Guild, who honor a "patron saint of thieves(!)" How they rationalize that--despite religious prohibitions against theft--I'll never know.
EX MACHINA (which I doubt was mentioned on the Adherents site), of course, has a paradoxically Christian/Marxist Ivan "Kremlin" Tereshkov, who views Mitch's powers as coming from God, to benefit humanity, while Mitch claims that "God's got nothing to do with what happened to me." (Although "March to War" did have that interesting talk between Mitch and Father Zee, as to whether or not non-organic machines or buildings could be said to have spirits. Plus, Mitch hinted at membership in Alcoholics Anonymous -- his parents were "friends of Bill W." -- , a religion-based organization.)