If you are playing victory cities then the game is horribly unbalanced. It is too easy for the Axis to get the 9 cities. Leningrad, Moscow and Calcutta are easy pickings by the Axis by turn 5 to 6.
IMO, if both Moscow and Calcutta fall by turns 5/6 then you don’t know how to play the Allies.
Actually, it is quite possible if turn 1 (1) the US transports are sunk off of EUS, (2) the British navy is decimated, (3) the British fail badly on the 1st turn 65% chance attack on the East Indies Japanese fleet.
Those are all either very likely, or quite possible.
Combine those with a bad Russian turn 1 failed attack on the Ukraine, the loss of Karelia by turn 2 to 3, and Moscow easily falls depending on how few British fighters are in Moscow on turn 5.