This rebar covers all the Office windows or the balconies. Nearly all lower-story windows have it. We thought the rebar was a hold-over from the Soviet Era, but people say that, no, that felt like a safe time. We were told that if a crime was committed, the suspect just "went away," they "disappeared."
The rebar became a necessity during the aftermath of the soviet collapse when there was no order and everyone's property was up for grabs, so to speak. But we sense an era of trust is re-emerging.