After having a few issues with UTF-8 support in Emacs earlier (I .. well .. err .. use emacs as my .. mail editor.), I finally found a solution that works with both putty and gterm as my terminals.
The important settings I ended up using in my .emacs:
(prefer-coding-system 'utf-8) (set-default-coding-systems 'utf-8) (set-terminal-coding-system 'utf-8) (set-keyboard-coding-system 'utf-8) (setq x-select-request-type '(UTF8_STRING COMPOUND_TEXT TEXT STRING))
Archived for my own use at a later time.