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Open the text file with gedit and in the "save as.." dialog you will see the current encoding.
To fix the PuTTY issue, change the Settings under Window -> Translation and select (or manually enter if not present) "utf-8" Which shell are you using on the machine?
It's an encoding issue. Set your Putty character set translation to "UTF-8": Window -> Translation -> Remote character set
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