In late 1956 Juan Negr n died in Paris, and his son Romulo, on the instructions of his father, called the hand “to Feature Negrin ‘legal adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Melchor de las Heras,” to facilitate the exercise of actions that may correspond to the Spanish State (…) to obtain a refund of that gold to Spain, “according to testimony of the deputy consul in Paris, Enrique Perez Hernandez. The negotiations with the Franco government had been initiated by the Former Minister of Justice and a friend of Mariano Negrin’s request to Anso Negrin, who believed that the documents are owned by the government of Spain, regardless of who provides it. In a document dated December 14, 1956, written and Anso signed and countersigned by the son of Negrin expressed “deep concern Negrin of the interests of Spain compared to the URSSA and its fear of” the helplessness that reduced Spain to the fact of being deprived of any documentation of their rights, one must balance sheet, from perhaps the most extensive and important operations carried out between two paises. “After listing a number of other issues that” weighed in the minds of Negrin sir “, including the retention of Soviet ” significant number of units and the merchant fleet espanola , “according to Anso, Negrin estimated ” ‘in a subsequent settlement of accounts between the USSR and Spain, Spanish is their duty to forcing an unconditional support of the national interest. “
The dossier, an incomplete set of documents related to the management of the gold deposit and the Bank of Spain, was sent to , Foreign Minister and submitted a brief with the office of the Bank of Spain Deputy Governor, Jesus Rodriguez Salmones, who, without inspecting the papers, ordered to keep in the safes of the institution. Although the transfer was conducted in the strictest privacy, and that the same conditions prevailed Negrin to keep the utmost secrecy, soon the news was public domain, which causes passionate disputes. In his New Year’s institutional 1957, Franco admitted that the economic crisis hit the country, together with the need to coin had caused a rise in prices, as well as the problems of strikes and social protests, harshly repressed . Also, surprisingly, sent a message to the USSR softening its traditional anti-Soviet speech, coinciding with the loss of power circles Phalangist for technocrats. That same month, a commission was sent to Moscow with an official mandate to discuss the repatriation of Spanish, that the time should also consider that negotiations on the return of the gold.
Republican exile contemplate with wonder and amazement as willingly surrendered to a Franco Documentation Negrin had denied that the Government of the Republic in exile for over 15 years. The man who had led the resistance against the Franco dictatorship now explicitly recognized as the legitimate representative of the interests of Spain. The chairman of the government in exile, Felix Gordon Ordas, wrote on January 8, 1957:
“The decision of Don Juan Negr n testamentary me has caused consternation. For I intend to inquire more mobile it is not satisfactory either. I see only two likely as a patriotic yearning or desire for revenge. In the first case would have been a colossal error of assessment, therefore, free to give money and its complications is like throwing water into the sea. In the second case there may fund ruinidad that seems incompatible with the concept that I had the illustrious disappeared. but in both cases, what has been done by Dr. Negrin is a betrayal of the cause of the Spanish people and the Republic (…) In doing so reprehensible proclaim Dr.Negrin considered legitimate Franco … “
In April 1957, Time reported that Radio Moscow, and Pravda, had issued the unofficial position of Soviet government, which, in the words of Salvador de Madariaga, close the chapter of the Gold Moscow locked steel. The World of Labor May 15 of that year included a translation of the article, which he signed as an Observer:
“Some foreign newspapers published articles on walking Spanish gold deposited for twenty years in the Soviet Union, without ever mentioning any of this consumption gold that made the Spanish Republican Government, which mislead the public opinion by creating the impression that even remains unused for this gold. The weight of gold and verification to be transferred to the Soviet authorities, was made jointly by Soviet and Spanish representatives.