From the CIA Factbook

Azerbaijan - a nation of Turkic Muslims - has been an independent republic since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Despite a cease-fire, in place since 1994, Azerbaijan has yet to resolve its conflict with Armenia over the Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh enclave (largely Armenian populated). Azerbaijan has lost almost 20% of its territory and must support some 750,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of the conflict. Corruption is ubiquitous and the promise of widespread wealth from Azerbaijan's undeveloped petroleum resources remains largely unfulfilled

The word for doll is kukla

Describes the Cesme which seems to have closed:
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Baku capital:

I bid on these dolls November 2001. While my identification is not certain, the boy is dressed similarly to a man in the Fainges book. page 16. He has a similar kind of red hat, has red shoes. This appears from other dolls in the Fainges Encyclopedia of Regional Dolls to be part of a USSR set that represented different parts of the country with similar dolls. The seller mentioned that there was documentation about the dolls being from some ethnological project.