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Link here. The article gives a nice summary of what we presently know about Venus, as well as outlining the various proposed missions to it.
First off the starting line, and as far as I know the only mission actually approved, is an orbiter from India, scheduled for launch in 2023. After this are a number of proposals in the U.S. Europe, and Russia.
It appears that the discovery of many exoplanets with features somewhat similar to Venus is one of the factors generating the new interest in going back there.