THOUSANDS of coffee cups are to be plastered with the picture of missing Yulia Solodyankina – as the hunt for the Russian student intensifies.
Nearly 13,000 cappuccino cups will be emblazoned with a snap of the 22-year-old, who vanished in mysterious circumstances a fortnight ago.
Ian LeBruce, 25, owner of Cappuccino Ads, a company which provides free takeaway coffee cups paid for by advertising revenue to roughly 150 independent outlets across the Capital, has offered to fund a batch of cups featuring pictures of the University of Edinburgh student in the hope it may lead to information regarding her whereabouts.
He said: “I don’t know Yulia personally but we have friends in common as I also studied physics. I’ve only just heard what’s happened and I wanted to help. All it takes is that one person who remembers something and gets in touch, and I really hope this helps to jog someone’s memory.”
Ian continued: “They will show Yulia’s picture and details of how to contact the police with information. I’ll be funding this out of my own pocket.”
The last official sighting of the dance-lover was at about 9pm on June 6, when she left The Wee Red Bar at Edinburgh College of Art. She had been performing with dance and drumming group Anansi.
A woman believed to be Yulia was seen on CCTV footage walking past the Tesco Extra on Nicholson Street a short time later.
The next day she sent messages by text and via Facebook at around 2pm, but has not been heard from since. Her phone and laptop were found in the South Clerk Street flat she shares with two friends.
Earlier this week, Yulia’s father Dmitry, who has travelled from Moscow to aid a police search for his only child, spoke of the torment being experienced by his family.
He said: “Yulia has a big family in Russia – grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, many friends. All the family and friends are now praying for her.
“Her mother cannot believe what’s happened. She is in Moscow now and is not able to speak to anybody. She is planning to come to Edinburgh next week.”
Yulia, who speaks fluent English with a strong Russian accent, is of medium build with long dark brown hair. She is about 5ft 6in and has a small mole on her left cheek. Her ears are pierced and she wears a number of rings including a distinctive thumb ring shaped like a small spoon.