FRIENDS of Yulia Solodyankina have released new posters appealing to the missing Russian student to contact her loved ones.
It has now been more than a month since the 22-year-old, who studied physics at Edinburgh University, was last seen, and it is understood that evidence gathered by the police so far suggests she left the city of her own accord.
A statement on the Yulia is Missing Facebook group, which has coordinated a campaign to raise awareness of her sudden disappearance, suggests her friends are refocusing their efforts on reaching out to her. A statement posted on the group by friend Stuart Barrett reads: “We still do not know what has happened to Yulia since a month ago. However, whereas there still remains the risk that something untoward may have happened to her, the factual evidence produced by the police suggests that she left of her own accord.
“We do not know why she would have left of her own accord. There have been ideas floating about but nothing is confirmed.
“We are all extremely worried for her – our concern is not abated whether she decided to leave or was somehow forced to leave.
“Our focus has shifted somewhat to reaching out to Yulia; we want her to remember that we care for her and we want her to come back.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed Yulia’s disappearance was still a missing persons inquiry.
The posters, created to raise awareness of the students disappearance, which already included a message in Russian from her parents, have been reissued with an added message from her friends.
It reads: “Yulia, wherever you are, we love you and we are praying for you to come back to us everyday. All we want is for you to be safe and well.”
Police recently announced that they believe Yulia may have travelled to the north or to the far west of Scotland, based on places she had previously visited and the timetable of buses leaving Glasgow’s Buchanan Street bus station, where she was last sighted.
The 22-year-old was seen on CCTV on the main concourse of the station at 4.55pm on Friday June 7, after travelling there by bus from Edinburgh.
A number of possible sightings of Yulia are currently being investigated by police.
Earlier this week Yulia’s friend encouraged anyone who felt they had information about the missing student to go directly to the police.
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or the charity Missing People, where information can be passed by calling, e-mailing, or sending a text to 116 000. The service is free, 24-hour and confidential.