My Rada is quite smooth in operation. Are you first removing the inner film-holding frame from the outer casing? You need to pull out on the winding knob while turning so that the inner frame can be lifted free. Then load the film, bring the leader underneath and insert in the take-up spool. Then place the inner frame back in the housing, engage the winder, and close up the case. Then, insert the dark slide if you will be using the Rada with a ground glass. If properly loaded, you will see the paper backing and markings through the ruby windows. For the 6x9 format you use only the odd numbered frames from 1 to 15 in the right window.
There is an image of the Rada opened up for loading on my web site page about the Recomar 18 -
All of the above assumes that your Rada is the same as the one I have. I'm not sure if there were major differences in ones fitted to different cameras.
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