Tsoi is singing 'We want changes' in concerts, I said, and people are saying openly and directly, 'We want changes'". Gorbachev must have been mistaken in this as Chernenko died on 10 March 1985 and Khochu peremen was not performed publicly until Summer 1986.
The song has been used frequently during the 2020 Belarusian protests against Lukashenko, particularly at rallies for opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
"Khochu peremen!" (Russian: «Хочу перемен!», lit. 'I want changes!') or "My zhdyom peremen" (Russian: «Мы ждём перемен», lit. '"We are waiting for changes"'), also simply known as "Peremen!" (Russian: «Перемен!», lit. '"Changes!"'), is a song by the Soviet rock band Kino, written by Viktor Tsoi. It was made famous by its use in the 1987 film Assa in which Kino's lead singer Viktor Tsoi had a starring role. The song has since become a favourite for political movements in post-Soviet states and as a protest song.