Soviets and OKW are in their current position due to their tech. Check how much you spend in tech to get T2 + Conscript upgrades + T3 + T70 vs OKW going mechanized + P2. There's a reason also why OKW is getting more accessible medics as well, cause both USF/UKF can deal with mechanized in an efficient way.
Well without going into the offtopic too much. I partly agree, but soviets and OKW are two simular but completly different cases, imho.
OKW is the case of messed up unit timings due to tech cost standatization across the factions and the fact that WFA and EFA are not equal, not even close. Best example are oberts, who arrives usually when the WFA have an upper hand over them, and they have to grind vet fast to catch up, while they are fine against Soviets.
Soviets are the case of old Relic design and complete removal of cheesiness, without proper ajustments of power and costs.
But thing is soviets are tied to Ost just as Ost tied to soviets. Right now, I would say, Soviet vs Ostheer is more or less even, with probably ost having slight advantage due to MG42 and all the skips they can do.
Ultimatly both Soviets and Ostheer rely on somesort of carry unit. Ost vs WFA is fully dependent on MG42 play, untill like midgame and even after. Even sniper is not as important as MG42.
Soviets are fine early to mid game vs OKW, but fall flat on their ass ones OKW start gaining StGs and elite inf, making a T70 a go for unit.
I honestly just belive that both USF\UKF put powel level way to high, while Ost is tied to Soviets in terms of power and vise versa, OKW has to balance between strong WFA and objectively weaker EFA.
at the end of the day the molitov is "only" 80mp and 10 fuel, but its an extra cost that directly inflates the cost of cons.
pretending its not an additional cost helps even less.
I would rather call it, additional cost that you are expected to pay at some point. I mean, its true what you are saying. I'm not fully agree that side grades inflates cost of cons.
But at the end of a day, in live version and meta, if you got AT nades as Soviets, you didnt put yourself in a resources disadvantage, because, as I've said, you are kinda expected to unlock AT nades at some point.
While if you for some reason didnt and managed to pull it off without AT nades, then you've made a savings and you can tech faster.
I can agree that it just feels unfair, because all other factions get snares for free and all the side grades\free grades focusing more on power increase, while soviets side grades (AT nades) are mandatory abilities.