Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying, "The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms... Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years."
He also informed that 10 percent of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy do more or less resemble Earth in some way or the other. Finkelstein also added that if water can be found in those planets, then so can be life.
On what would the aliens look like, he said that they would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head. He said, "They may have different color skin, but even we have that."
Finkelstein's institute runs a program that was launched way back in the 1960s to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space. Recalling the various efforts made to reach out to aliens (if any), he said, "The whole time we have been searching for extraterrestrial civilizations, we have mainly been waiting for messages from space and not the other way."
Russia, which was also known as USSR before the various states parted ways in 1991, has been at the forefront of space research. It was the first country to send a satellite and a living being (a dog called Laika), into the outer-space.