SOVIET NATIONALITY PROPOSALS
The Soviet leadership, alarmed by nationalist turmoil bubbling across the country, Thursday proposed ``radical transformations in the Soviet federation'' to address the needs of its different nationalities. A Communist Party policy document said solving demands for greater autonomy, ending ethnic strife, and ``ensuring free development of spiritual life of all peoples of the Soviet Union'' were key factors of President Mikhail Gorbachev's reform program.Skip to next paragraph
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The document also said the rights of autonomous republics and regions - minority group subdivisions of the 15 ethnic republics - should be substantially widened.