( CNN) Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova on Monday said Russian President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule is actually less organized and effective than typically portrayed by the American media, despite his highly publicized summit with US President Donald Trump.

Wearing a mask for “artistic as well as security reasons, ” Tolokonnikova told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the Putin government is mostly full of kleptocrats interested in increasing their own wealth.

“American media gives too much credit to President Putin and his fellows because you perceive them as an organized unit, ” she said during the premiere episode of CNN's Anderson Cooper Full Circle on Facebook Watch. “Well they are not effective. In fact they are a bunch of people who care mostly about their money … they are just not effective.”