The 4 conscripts with molotov upgrade approach is now back to being a viable starting point for a Russian strategy, but be aware – most smart German players will be able to predict this strategy if they start seeing a heap of conscripts on the field.
They’ll most likely counter with some light armor – in this case you can easily defend with your AT nades. Just be sure to keep the pressure on the fuel points and keep them from pushing out a Panzer IV before you have a solid anti-tank counter.
A combo of maxims and conscripts should also perform in a similar manner to the 4 conscript. (Conscripts -> T2 -> Maxim -> Conscript/Maxim -> Conscript/Maxim -> Mortar/Conscript)