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From using Norwegian mass murderers to sell clothes to an unnerving number of examples of Nazi references at Indian stores, shock tactics in marketing seem to be reaching a new low. Here are the worst five recent examples:

1. So business names have to stick in the minds of consumers, right? Puneet Sabhlok in Mumbai went with something everyone could remember: Hitler's Cross. "Hitler is a catchy name. Everyone knows Hitler," Sabhlok told the New York Times.

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2. Apparently, not everyone knows Hitler. Rajesh Shah has been refusing to change the name of his store all week by pleading ignorance: "I had only heard that Hitler was a strict man. It was only recently that we read about Hitler on the Internet," reports the Times of India.

3. Die Welt reported earlier in the year that a new store had sprung up in the German town of Chemnitz. The only problem was that its name bore a worrying resemblance to that of Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in July 2011.

4. Back in 2007, shoppers in in an Indian mall were given promotional material adorned with swastikas, urging them to buy new bed linen. Considering the swastika has long been used in Indian religions such as Hinduism, it would not have posed a problem if it wasn't coupled with "Bed and Beyond Presents the NAZI Collection." The furnishings dealer insisted it was merely an abbreviation for New Arrival Zone of India, reports Reuters.

5. The Estonian GasTerm Eesti company was forced to apologize August 27, after it used a photograph of the infamous gate in Auschwitz - "Arbeit Macht Frei" - to promote the company's use of non-toxic gas, reports Polskie Radio.

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When Did Putin "Turn" Evil? That's Exactly The Wrong Question

Look back over the past two decades, and you'll see Vladimir Putin has always been the man revealed by the Ukraine invasion, an evil and sinister dictator. The Russian leader just managed to mask it, especially because so many chose to see him as a typically corrupt and greedy strongman who could be bribed or reasoned with.

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KYIV — The world knows that Vladimir Putin has power, money and mistresses. So why, ask some, wasn't that enough for him? Why did he have to go start another war?

At its heart, this is the wrong question to ask. For Putin, military expansion is not an adrenaline rush to feed into his existing life of luxury. On the contrary, the shedding of blood for the sake of holding power is his modus operandi, while the fruits of greed and corruption like the Putin Palace in Gelendzhik are more like a welcome bonus.

In the last year, we have kept hearing rhetorical questions like “why did Putin start this war at all, didn't he have enough of his own land?” or “he already has Gelendzhik to enjoy, why fight?” This line of thinking has resurfaced after missile strikes on Ukrainian power grids and dams, which was regarded by many as a simple demonstration of terrorism. Such acts are a manifestation of weakness, some ask, so is Putin ready to show himself weak?

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However, you will not arrive at the correct answer if the questions themselves are asked incorrectly. For decades, analysts in Russia, Ukraine, and the West have been under an illusion about the nature of the Russian president's personal dictatorship.

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