In 2003, Venera-D was proposed to the
Russian Academy of Sciences for its "wish list" of scientific projects to be included into the Federal Space Program in 2006–2015. During the formulation of the mission concept in 2004, the launch of Venera-D was expected in 2013 and its landing on the surface of Venus in 2014.
 In its original conception, it had a large orbiter, sub-satellite, two balloons, two small landers, and a large, long-lived lander. By 2011, the mission had been pushed back to 2018, and scaled back to an orbiter with a subsatellite orbiter, and a single lander with an expected 3 hour lifetime.
 By the beginning of 2011, the Venera-D project entered Phase A (Preliminary Design) stage of development. Following the loss of the
Phobos-Grunt spacecraft in November 2011 and resulting delays in all Russian planetary projects (with the exception of
ExoMars, a joint effort with the
European Space Agency), the implementation of the project was again delayed to no later than 2025.