With the topic of ASO and UCI, I was thinking more of common business interests that direct payment to one another. So being good partners and furthering one another's interests, etc.All of the IFs produce publicly available annual reports.
How? ASO pay licence fees etc the same as all other race organisers. Licence fees etc which don't amount to a whole hill of beans when you add them all up.
The UCI is a worldwide organisation, of course it's "in bed" with some dubious countries, every global sporting organisation is. The issue is can you produce any evidence that this has resulted in rules being bent.
And it's not just countries. Some would claim that the UCI is "in bed" with Shimano, or Mapei, or Tissot. Again, though, without any evidence of rule breaking - did the Hours run long, are Shimano's neutral bikes powered by magnets, did Cookson or Lappartient get their bathrooms done by Squinzi? - all this is simply noise meant to support a weak-assed argument.
Regarding being very close to some dubious countries, I don't think anyone has produced blatant evidence of rule bending/breaking. It raises eyebrows when certain countries are awarded events even with major issues (e.g. human rights and/or others) but hey, as you note, this is not solely the domain of the UCI. FIFA anyone? Anywho, I find it interesting perhaps because it is eyebrow raising but so far, has not had hard evidence to indicate something nefarious is actually going on. If it did, it would be a different conversation!