Mikhail Gorbachev, who has turned the Soviet Union topsy turvy with reforms, now is proposing a new name for it: the Union of Sovereign Socialist States.

Gorbachev's suggestion Tuesday would mean the country could no longer be called the USSR, standing for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.Other legislators in parliament had different suggestions in the debate that unfolded over Gorbachev's next big reform: a new constitutional framework for the world's largest state.

A delegate from Kazakhstan put forward the name "Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics," while radical deputies suggested the "Union of European-Asian Republics."