From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Zamanbek Qalabayuly Nurkadilov (Template:Lang-kz; 15 January – 11 November 2005) served as the Mayor of Almaty in Kazakhstan and Minister of Emergency Situations in the Nazarbayev administration. In March 2004, he began to strongly criticize President Nazarbayev. On 11 November 2005, three weeks before the 2005 presidential election, someone shot him twice in the chest and once in the head. The Government of Kazakhstan ruled his death a suicide, but Radio Free Europe alleges he is the victim of an assassination. Which led people many believe that President Nazarbayev was responsible for the assassination.