Scottish councils have given up to £200m to private firms to provide residential care for children and young people, despite promising to move away from the practice four years ago.
Hundreds of people appealing against the refusal of public bodies to release information are facing backlogs and long delays.
An analysis of all 631 Scottish companies that use opaque financial structures has revealed that only three were formed by residents of Scotland.
Dozens of firms registered at an Edinburgh address involve a man sanctioned by the United Nations who is linked to a gas tycoon blacklisted by the UK Government for aiding Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
A hereditary peer has been paid £90,000 by the Scottish Government so that a former airfield can be used as an overflow lorry park in Dumfries.
VisitScotland has made a report to Police Scotland after identifying possible instances of fraud relating to COVID grants.
Yuri Lopatinsky was linked to Russian state agencies by an MP during a January debate in the House of Commons.
Scottish ministers are facing growing criticism for failing to toughen freedom of information law after a parliamentary review two years ago.
A watchdog has sparked renewed calls for covid funding transparency from public bodies, after a council that followed "dodgy" Scottish Government advice on publishing data was found to be in breach of access to information rules.