You should probably start playing with bids to help out the axis. You seem like a pretty good player who is ready to move on.
Quite frankly it doesn’t matter what Russia does on R1 (straight up) the Allies are going to win the game.
For the sake of argument though, I’ll Retake Man (heavy), probably take Chi, and do a variation of Pearl Lite.
The Reason bids should be considered is here is a typical R1 turn
1) Attack Ger sub with Rus sub (either win or chase off ger sub)
2) Kill Ger ships in baltic (2 ftrs, 1 trn)
3) Strafe/take Ukr
4) Strafe/take Man (or just reinforce yak)
There is just too much damage you can do. Russia is far to powerful when played right. Hence the need for RR with a 9-12 bid or just a 21-24 bid game.