The Red Guardian is Russia's answer to Captain America. Several men have held the mantel of Red Guardian before Anton. He claimed that before becoming the Red Guardian, he was a Crimson Dynamo pilot.
This was revealed to be untrue as Anton is actually a life model decoy and was decapitated after being captured by the Dire Wraiths. His still active head was kept in storage. Like all Red Guardians he was given a shield made of Vibranium and circuitry in the suit and within the shield allows it to return to Anton.
Vibranium Shield styled after the Russian coat of arms.