"The conference made many optimistic statements, which is good, but I do not see any dramatic break-troughs happening in the next three or four years" - he said, adding that the election of Alexander Gorshkov as president of the Federation came as a surprise to him. "For me it was unexpected, as I did not know about Alexandr Georgievicìs nomination. I had heard that Anton Siharulidze and Oksana Grishchuk were the candidates. To be honest, I did not make any predictions at all, since it is pointless before the elections, as it turned out. I agree that some changes are needed in the Federation, but it should be an evolution and not a revolution. Now we have a very strong Federation" - ITAR-TASS quoted Shabalin.