DESPERATE friends of a missing Russian student have made a New Year appeal to find their friend, who has been missing for more than six months.
Friends of Yulia Solodyankina, who was studying at Edinburgh University, have pledged their continued support in the search for the missing woman, who vanished in June this year.
The 23-year-old was last spotted on CCTV footage at Glasgow’s Buchanan Street Bus Station on June 7, where officers believed she boarded a bus heading to the north-west.
But despite several potential sightings as far afield as the Isle of Mull, the search for the Moscow-born dancer has proved unsuccessful so far.
Police have been criticised for the lack of information they have given to the public during the cross-country search. But her dedicated friends say they are “still looking for Yulia” and they “have not forgotten her”.
A close friend of the missing Edinburgh University physics student has publicly pledged his support to find Yulia.
Graham Clark wrote an impassioned statement on the Yulia Is Missing Facebook page.
He said: “We are still looking for Yulia. It has been over six months since she went missing, and her friends and family have not forgotten her.
“We need to know that she is safe and well. Our thoughts are with her family in Russia at this difficult time.
“Have a great holiday but remember one who is loved by many here in the UK and Russia.”
Other users soon commented, with one, Maria Laverty, saying: “Thinking of Yulia today and every day.” Another, James Campbell, said: “Wishing you well wherever you are Yulia.”
Yulia disappeared from her city centre flat, leaving behind her wallet and mobile phone, on June 7 before being sighted in Glasgow later the same day. At the time of her disappearance, Yulia’s boyfriend, Antoine Dao, said she was “very worried” during her exams for the final year of her degree.
Yulia’s parents, Ekatarina and Dmitry have made impassioned pleas for their daughter to come home but the young woman is yet to be found. Her father, who had travelled to Edinburgh from Russia after arranging to visit his daughter said that she had told him she would be at Waverley Station to meet him, as it was his first trip to the Capital, but she never appeared.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Yulia Solodyankina remains a missing person and anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact Police Scotland immediately.”