Thanks for your honest observations, thoughts and oppinions that made me think. Just want to add some questions for thinking and discussion.
Off the top off my head: what stood out most was the shiho-nage. When Mr Kalesnikov had folded his arm back, the uke was stood there, in perfect kamae; I never see any kuzushi - his balance is never taken - in the other techniques, either.
Uke is stretched (has his balance broken), hence the throw is easily accomplished.
1. Is visible stretch a must when the Uke's balance is taken?
And as I said: I don't see that connection between nage and uke is important to these people;
2. What is the nature of a connection in Aikido?
3. Is visibility a must for a successful connection?
I might not be very good at aikido - but then, i'm not very good at cricket: but I still know a good shot when I see one.
4. Is it possible for us human to see something invisible?
5. What can we do if we want to get some knowledge of something invisible?