Follow-Up thoughts on Russia…
A slight modification to my earlier post… only 3 ARM to West Russia, the 4th (from Russia) non-combat moves to Yakut. This gives you offensive punch with those 8 INF you have in Bury and Yakut against Japan.
AFter taking West Russia and Belorussia (and then losing Belorussia), Russia should focus on taking Ukraine. This is a tough area for Germahy to get forces to, shields your Caucuses IC nicely, and is worth more IPC’s than most other territories in the battle zone.
Now here comes the challenging part…
If Japan is pressuring in Northern Asia, and has killed a lot of your forces in Bury, start moving INF from Russia east via Novo (they can then either go to Yakut or Sinkiang as needed). But if Japan is also pushing through India, start sending tropps into Kazakh from Russia.
You will need your Caucuses built forces for Ukriane, so to reinforce in the Middle East you need to use the Russia built forces. Start sending them via Kazakh (in case you need to divert any to Sinkiang along the way), and then to Persia (if still held by the Allies) to shield Caucuses from a southern strike by Japan.
If Japan is NOT pressing, then you can use the Russia built forces to move into Archangel to start rebuilding your northern defense, to reinforce the West Russia Stack, or to allow you to add 8 INF to Caucuses (4 from Russia, 4 from the build).