An oil-rich nation, it is the ancestral home of the family of Elektra King, the presumptive heir to King Industries owned by her British-born father Sir Robert King. Elektra resided in a lavish villa in the capital city of Baku. Former KGB agent and Russian mafia boss Valentin Zukovsky apparently owned a casino in Baku.
Following Sir Robert's assassination in London, James Bond travels to Baku to provide protection for Elektra King, who is in the process of re-routing her father's oil pipeline when the local population riots against the project. Bond rescues Elektra when mercenary forces attack the unfinished pipeline. Believing the anarchist and Elektra's former kidnapper Renard to be responsible, Bond approaches Valentin Zukovsky for information on Renard's whereabouts at his casino.